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Local commissioners get ready for elections

Local commissioners get ready for elections
The Weakley County Election Commission approved requests for November elections for aldermen and mayors in five cities in the county on Wednesday so voters will have  a full slate of local candidates from which to choose as well as national candidates from U.S. president down to U.S. Congress.
The meeting began with the procedural locking of election boxes for provisional and absentee voting.
Absentee ballots will be mailed out Monday and Barbara Castleman, administrator of elections, estimates there will be about 15 ballots sent out to the military. Both a Democrat and Republican must lock each box and affix red and yellow seals to the metal boxes to thwart any tampering. A separate four-member absentee counting board counts the votes after the election.
The commissioners approved some budget transfers as well as  Castleman’s selection of election workers for both the August and November elections. About six workers will serve in each district in August and eight in each precinct for the November elections where a larger turnout is expected for a national election.
Workers have been receiving more training than usual due to new requirements for photo IDs and provisional voting.
Castleman said it was important to get the word out to voters that it would be a good idea to bring a voter registration card along with photo IDs so election officials can more readily match addresses, especially if the person is a first-time voter and applied for his or her card through the mail. But she stressed that workers will be allowing any voter to vote provisionally understanding they must produce missing documentation like photo IDs two business days later.
On Aug. 2, voters will be looking at a list of candidates who have qualified for the county commissioner seat for District 1 and a slate of school board members. Primaries for state representatives, state Senate, Congress and U.S. Senate will also be held at this time.
Danny Jowers and John Stevens are the two choices in the Republican Party for state Senate District 24, while Brad Thompson is the only Democratic candidate. For US Congress, Annette Justice will be running against incumbent Stephen Fincher on the Republican side and Wes Bradley, Timothy Dixon and Christa Stoscheck will be vying to be the Democratic nominee. Four names are challenging incumbent Bob Corker for the Senate Republican spot, while seven candidates are competing on the Democratic side.
In addition on Aug. 2, voters will be deciding whether Jeffrey Bivens and Roger Page are retained or replaced as judges in the Tennessee Courts of Criminal Appeals.
In November, voters will be electing mayors in Gleason, Greenfield and Sharon as well as aldermen in Dresden, Gleason, Greenfield, Martin and Sharon. Published in The WCP 6.14.12

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