The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Politics

April 15, 2014

Primary voting starts at courthouse

Party leaders not surprised at low response

ANDERSON — Through the first week of early voting for the May 6 primary, the Madison County Voter Registration office has been less than overwhelmed.

Early voting started on April 8. Through Friday, 54 registered voters had cast ballots.

Early ballots can be cast at the Voter Registration office on the second floor of the Madison County Government Center, 16 E. Ninth St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The courthouse is closed this Friday.

There are special hours for early voting on the following dates: Friday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 26 and May 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Signs at the entrance to the Madison County Government Center warn county employees and visitors that no election campaign material is allowed on the second floor. That includes signs, jackets, shirts, buttons and fliers.

“I expected the early voting to be low,” Ludy Watkins, chairman of the Madison County Democratic Party, said. “It’s lower than I thought it would be.”

Watkins said a lot of people don’t know they can vote at the courthouse.

Russ Willis, chairman of the Madison County Republican Party, said the early voting numbers is not a surprise.

“Weather might be a factor and it is early for people to start thinking about the primary election,” he said. “There is not normally a high turnout for the primary election.”

Willis said he is concerned there is some disinterest and frustration among the electorate on national issues.

“All politics are local,” he said. “People need to become engaged in the primary election because it is selecting the candidates for the general election.”

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

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