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Early voting turnout slow
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Turnout has been sluggish thus far in early voting with less than a week of early balloting remaining.
“We will be voting every day this week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the early voting room behind the county government building,” said director of elections Donna Smith, noting voters need to remember to bring their driver license or official picture ID when they appear at the polls. “We will conclude early voting Saturday and will be open from 9 a.m. to noon that day.”
Numbers through Friday morning showed 552 people had voted early in Warren County. Voters get to choose to vote in the Republican or Democratic Primary. Thus far, more people have opted to vote in the Republican Primary, 315-237. However, the Republican races are the ones that are most heavily contested in this area.
They include contested Republican primaries for the 4th District U.S. Congressional spot held by Scott DesJaralais, the 16th District State Senate spot held by Janice Bowling, the 43rd District State House seat held by Democrat Kevin Dunlap that is being sought by three Sparta Republicans, and the 47th District State House seat held by Judd Matheny. The Matheny seat will be decided during the primary since no one is running on the Democratic side for the office.
The general election, which is open to voters regardless of their party preference, includes one contested School Board race for the seat held by Tanya Bess, along with two uncontested School Board seats.
There is also competition for the open 5th District Warren County Commission seat formerly held by Melissa Yancy. Jack Holland, Lori Judkins, and Tyrone Sparkman are competing for the spot.
There is also an uncontested race for Assessor of Property which will see Beth Woodlee Martin reelected. The general ballot also has retention questions for several state Supreme Court and appellate judges.