ANDERSON — Only five days remain for local residents to register to vote in the May 6 primary.
The deadline to register is Monday. The Voter Registration office on the second floor of the Madison County Government Center, 16 E. Ninth St., will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for residents to register.
There were 94,459 registered voters in Madison County as of Tuesday. Of that number 92,703 are considered to be active voters, having cast a ballot in the 2012 or 2010 election and 1,956 are inactive voters.
Most of the primary election action will be on the Republican Party side of the ballot with nine contested races while Democrats will be selecting candidates in four national and county races.
Both parties have three candidates seeking the 5th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House, won in 2012 by Republican Susan Brooks.
The biggest county race for members of both parties will be for the nomination for sheriff, with each ballot having three candidates vying for the nominations.
Republicans will be selecting candidates for the following county offices: clerk, treasurer, recorder, sheriff, commissioner South District and the District 1, 2 and 4 seats on the Madison County Council.
Incumbent office holders running for re-election as clerk, treasurer, recorder, commissioner and the District 1 and 4 county council seats are all facing primary challengers.
Democrats will be electing candidates for sheriff, treasurer and the District 3 seat on the county council.
Ludy Watkins, chairwoman of the Madison County Democratic Party, said the party is always looking for new voters.
“We’re pushing for new voters,” she said. “It is more difficult this year because there is no presidential election.”
Watkins said the party has been distributing a lot of voter registration forms. A lot of new voters are signing up in Pipe Creek Township and on Anderson’s west side, she said.