By Tia Lynn Ivey managing editor
Morgan County candidates are in the process of qualifying for the upcoming local General Primary Elections on May 24. According to Bobby Howington, elections supervisor for the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER), the county should see a couple of lively local election races during the May primary, and later during the general election on November. The qualifying period begin on Monday, March 7 and will close on Friday, March 11 at noon. As of press time on Tuesday, March 8, twelve candidates officially qualified to run for various offices across the county.
According to the BOER, candidates qualify for primary elections either through their party affiliation or through the Elections Office as independent candidates. Candidates are required to file the proper ethics filing forms with the state. After qualification, candidates’ names are placed on a database, and the ballot building process begins. Once the database is formed it is sent back to our office for final inspection. Then a copy of this database is sent out to the printer for the printing of the mail-out absentee ballots. Howington urged local voters to stay involved in these local level races, especially during the May 24 Primary Elections, which will be held for candidates of the same political party qualifying for the same position. “If you only vote in the November General Election, then it’s sort of like, you are just voting for the leftovers,” said Howington.
“These local races are important as local governance has more of a daily impact on a voter’s life than national.” In addition to the official list of qualifying candidates, Erica Veasley, District 1 Board of Education representative is expected to qualify this week. Ben Riden Jr., who announced his intention run for the Morgan County Board of Commissioners District 3 seat, is also expected to qualify this is. “As always, we would love to see a really good turnout of voters for all of these elections,” said Howington.