Polls open at 7 a.m. for runoff election

Published 11:23 pm Monday, July 12, 2010

As polls open for the Primary Runoff Election today, Probate Judge Wes Allen is hoping for two things — better weather and a better voter turnout.

Unfortunately, he might not get either of those wishes.

With forecasts for a stormy Tuesday afternoon, Allen said he just hopes the damage won’t be quite like the June 1 primary, the struck a Troy substation and shut down power in three polling locations.

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And, if absentee votes are any indication of voter turnout, then it looks to be lower than the low June 1 turnout.

Absentee Election manager Audrey Milton said there have been 67 absentee ballots cast in the race. She could get a few more in before the ballots are tallied tonight.

Still, she called the count “low.”

There were 106 absentee ballots cast in the June 1 primary race.

“You never can tell about turnout,” Allen said. “It’s hard to predict. I hope everyone will come out and vote.”

Melissa Ingram, chairman of the Pike County Board of Registrars, seconded Allen’s wishes.

“I just hope people will get out and vote. People should go support their parties,” Ingram said.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Allen said there are 28 polling precincts, and if anyone is unsure of where they are to vote, they can go to www.pikeprobate.com.

A valid form of identification is necessary to vote Tuesday. Those can include things like a driver’s license, passport or hunting/fishing license. For a complete list, visit the pikeprobate.com Website.