May 14, 2014 — Next week’s countywide primary election will see 44 candidates compete for the right to represent their respective parties in the fall.
Since the last election, however, there have been clarifications to district boundaries that could have voters casting ballots in different districts than they had in previous elections.
“With the redistricting there will be some people voting in new locations. If anyone has questions, they can call our office or come in and check the maps to see where they need to vote,” said Carter County Clerk Mike Johnston.
Those will questions about where they should cast their ballot can call (606) 474-5188 ext. 15, to check their voting district.
The following candidates appear on the ballot but have withdrawn from their respective races: Stephen Campbell, Republican; Derrick Willis, Democrat; Brad Brammell, Democrat.
Votes cast for withdrawn candidates are void and will not be counted.
Voters in the Buffalo and Upper Tygart districts will also be voting in new locations this year.
Buffalo voters will cast their ballots at the new Carter Elementary School, and those in the Upper Tygart precinct will vote at the new Tygart Creek Elementary School.
The deadline for absentee voting by mail has passed, but voters who will be out of town on election day have until the end of the business day on May 19 to cast their ballots in person at the county courthouse.
The courthouse is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays and will also be open on Sat., May 17 from 8:30 a.m. until noon.
According to Johnston, the total numbers for this year’s election could be significantly lower than the 50 percent turnout seen in the 2012 election.
“If the absentee ballots are any indication, I expect the numbers to be lower,” said Johnston. “Right now I predict about 30 percent turnout.”
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day, May 20, for voters to cast their ballots.
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