By Tia Lynn Ivey
Early voting for the upcoming Primary Election began on Monday, May 2. As of press time on Tuesday, May 10, 317 votes were cast in person at the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER). The primary election will be held on Tuesday May 24.
To cast your vote early, visit the BOER, which is located at 434 Hancock Street in Madison. Voting hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until May 20. For this coming Saturday only, May 14, the BOER polls will be open to vote from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Elections Supervisor Bobby Howington anticipates the number of early votes cast will increase closer to the date of the primary election. He encouraged all registered Morgan County voters to cast their ballots in the primary election and not just wait for the general election in November.
“This is an important election, you need to consider all the running candidate and send the best people to the general election,” said Howington. “During the primaries, you have the full spectrum of candidates…If you don’t get out there now and make your voice heard, you won’t have a say in which candidates you will be voting on during the general elections. The primary election is an important part of the process.”
Howington anticipates that the primary election turn out will be less than 50 percent of registered voters, guessing that it land somewhere in the high forties.
“It’ll be pretty good,” said Howington.
Howington also encouraged registered voters to sign up for the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department’s free service, Nixle, which sends out email and text alerts about upcoming elections, as well as local storms, traffic accidents, and other emergencies. To sign up, visit: local.nixle.com.