Absentee voting light

If absentee voting is any indication, voter turnout in the special election to fill the vacancy of U.S. Representative in the 1st Congressional District could be underwhelming, to say the least.

The May 12 special election will select the individual to fill the seat held by the late U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee, the veteran lawmaker who died of brain cancer in early February.

“It’s been kind of light but it will probably pick up during the next few weeks,” said Marla Treadway, Deputy Circuit Clerk for Elections.

Treadway said so far, only 15 people have actually voted absentee in advance of the special election. Treadway said the Circuit Clerk has mailed out between 85 and 90 absentee ballots to soldiers serving overseas, disabled individuals and people who will not be physically inside the county on election day due to work, traveling, etc.

Absentee voting began March 23 and will end May 9 at noon.

DeSoto Times
4/14/15