TO THE POLLS: Polling places top list of concerns heading into Tuesday elections

Published 3:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2016


Changes and clarifications of polling places will be top of mind for Troy and Brundidge voters heading to the polls for Tuesday’s municipal elections.

Brundidge residents looking to vote in Tuesday’s municipal election need to head to Brundidge Station, the new central polling place for Brundidge municipal elections.

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All residents of Brundidge should vote at Brundidge Station, also known as the Brundidge Nutrition Center, regardless of the district in which they reside.

Brundidge Station is across from the post office at 129 North Main Street. It is only 200 yards from the former municipal polling place, the old Hastings Hardware building.

Linda Faust, administrative assistant for the City of Brundidge, said that it was time for a change of location.

“This is a larger space for our voters to have more privacy and to spread out, making it more comfortable for everybody,” Faust said. “The new parking lot at Brundidge Station will also help with the parking issue by getting everyone off of Main Street.”

Faust said that they have been getting the word out to residents by having the message included with utility bills, mentioning it at city council meetings and campaigning candidates informing constituents.

“I think we’ve done a pretty good job of getting it out there,” Faust said.

Candidates for the mayor of Brundidge are Lawrence Bowden, Isabell “Fronnie” Boyd, Charlie Harris, Cynthia Pearson, Jamie Powell and Johnny Ross.

Candidates for the District 4 seat on the Brundidge City Council are Byron Gaynor and Jimmy Ramage.

Candidates for the District 5 seat on the Brundidge City Council are Chris Foster, James “Sid” Jones and Ira Lampley.

There was some confusion in Troy this week after the city accidentally mailed a card to 2,400 voters containing incorrect polling places.

City Clerk Alton Starling said that what started as a mix-up has become a positive.

“It’s actually gotten more people involved in the election process,” Starling said. “I’ve gotten many more calls than I usually do.”

Starling asked for residents who show up at the wrong polling place to be patient and said that the city would get voters to the right voting location. He also said that voters should be sure to bring a valid from of identification with them to the polls.

The correct polling places for each district are the Troy Public Library on East Walnut Street for District 1, the National Guard Armory on George Wallace Drive for District 2, Troy Parks and Recreation Center on Enzor Road for District 3, First Baptist Church on College Street for District 4, and the Pike County Courthouse on Church Street for District 5.

Candidates for mayor of Troy are Olanda Hardy, Jason Reeves and Raymond Sexton.

Candidates for the District 1 seat on the Troy City Council are Mary Helen Collins, Anthony Jackson, Robert Jones, Matthew Jordan and Clarence Scott.

Candidates for the District 5 seat on the Troy City Council are Dejerilyn King Henderson and Wanda Howard Moultry.

Municipal elections are this Tuesday, August 23. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.