Absentee voting underway in Brundidge runoff
Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 17, 2020
With the Brundidge Municipal Election Runoff just three weeks away, on Tuesday,October 6, the candidates for the mayor’s office and the two open council seats are on the campaign trail.
Faye Terry, city absentee manager, said all indications are that there is continuing interest in who will lead the city the next four years.
“I would expect that the voter turnout will be about the same as in the city’s general election, with around 800 votes cast,” Terry said.
The City of Brundidge has 1,869 active and inactive voters registered. While that appears to be a large number for a city of 2076, Terry said an inactive voter is one who has not, during a 10-year period, voted in two elections plus two years.
Terry said the last day to vote absentee in the Brundidge Municipal Runoff Election is October 1.
“Those who want to vote absentee may come to Brundidge City Hall and fill out an application,” she said. “After they fill out the application, they can vote here at city hall or they can have a ballot mailed to them to be returned by mail.”
Terry said an application for an absentee ballot may be picked up for another individual but it must be returned by mail.
“Only the person voting it can return the absentee ballot,” Terry said.
Voting is a right and a privilege and the absentee ballot makes it possible for those who are unable to go to the polls the opportunity to vote.
Due to the concerns related to COVID-19, absentee voting is now open to those who are hesitate to go to the polls.
Polling places will once again be equipped with personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies. Masks cannot be required.
Any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place shall be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to that individual. According to the Secretary of State office, voters may, if no other boxes are appropriate, check the box that reads reads “I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. An ID is required.
Those on the ballot for the Brundidge Municipal Runoff Election are, for the mayor’s position, Incumbent Mayor Isabell Boyd and former Brundidge mayor Jimmy Ramage. In Council District 1, incumbent Betty Baxter and Douglas Holland are on the ballot and, in Council District 2, incumbent Michelle Griffin and Latisher Halll
Incumbents Margaret Ross, District 3; and Byron Gaynor, District 4, retained their seats. Newcomer to city politics, Marilyn Rodgers will be the council member for District 2.