Jo Anne Embleton
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Election officials are encouraging non-registered voters to hand-carry voting applications to the Cherokee County Elections Department so that they'll beat an April 11 registration deadline.
“The fastest, best way is to do it in person,” said County Elections Admin-istrator Shannon Cor-nelius. “If you file your application online, it'll go to the state (office) first, then back here to us.”
Prospective voters hoping to cast their ballot in this year's May 11 city and school board elections can find applications at the election department's 138 W. 5th St. office, located across from Rusk post office, and at the Jacksonville Public Library, she said.
They will then have the option of casting a ballot during the April 29-May 7 early voting period or on May 11.
Polling places will be announced by the various Cherokee County area schools and cities as the election draws nearer.
School districts in Jacksonville and Bullard have canceled their elections due to unopposed races: JISD incumbent Jeff Horton will retain his Place 1 seat on the board of trustees, as will Place 2 member Blaine Verhelle, with each serving a three-year position.
In Bullard, school board incumbents Tiffany Kirgan (Place 6) and Michael Roy (Place 7) each will keep their seats for a three-year term.
The Alto mayoral race did not attract any candidates for the May election, and current Mayor O.T. Allen – who was appointed to the position when his predecessor stepped down March 19, 2012 – has chosen not to run for reelection.
According to a March 29 report filed by Jacksonville Daily Progress reporter Ben Tinsley, “the town's bylaws stipulate that a replacement mayor will have to be selected from the membership of the city council by the city council.
“However, by virtue of that decision, the majority of the town's citizens will have absolutely zero say on whose will become the new face of Alto.”
For more information about voter registration, contact County Elections Administrator Shannon Cornelius or Chief Deputy Voting Registrar Connie Quine at 903-683-8409.