Voting already underway for local elections

The local general election in Marion County is less than one week away, and some voters have already cast advanced ballots at the courthouse in Marion.

Tina Spencer, Marion County clerk and election officer, said early, in-person voting at the courthouse has been “somewhat slow.”

“As of Monday,” she said, “we have had 159 early voters. We have sent out 150 ballots by mail, and have received 58 back so far. The deadline for mailing out ballots was Oct. 29.”

In addition to voting on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, the county is offering early voting from noon until 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 3, she said. And, early, in-person voting ends at noon on Nov. 4.

Voters must have proof of citizenship or photo identification to vote, and polling sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5.

The newly created commission District 4 includes the townships of Gale (Canada), Centre (Marion City North and Marion County Park and Lake), Wilson (Aulne), Fairplay (west part of Florence) and Doyle (east part of Florence), and voters can cast their ballot for one of the candidates, Trayce Warner, David Crofoot, Amy Soyez or write-in candidate in the polling site below.

Commission District 5 includes the townships of Menno, Liberty, Catlin, East Branch and West Branch, and voters should go to their polling site listed below.

The following are voting locations, addresses and precincts to include:

◼ Burns Community Center, 301 N. Washington, Burns, for the precincts of Burns, Milton and Summit.

◼ Florence Masonic Center, 421 Main St., Florence, for the precincts of Doyle, Fairplay, Florence First and Florence Second.

◼ Goessel City Building, 101 S. Cedar, Goessel, for the precincts of part of East Branch, Goessel, Menno and West Branch.

◼ Hillsboro United Methodist Church, 905 East D St., Hillsboro, for the precincts of Hillsboro First and Second, Lehigh city and township, Liberty and Risley.

◼ Lincolnville Community Center, 213 W. Sixth St., Lincolnville, for the precincts of Clark, Clear Creek, Lincolnville, Lost Springs city and township.

◼ (Marion) Eastmoor United Methodist Church, 105 Eastmoor Drive, Marion, for the precincts of Centre, Gale, Grant, Marion North and South and Wilson.

◼ Peabody Senior Center, 106 N. Walnut, Peabody, for the precincts of Catlin, part of East Branch, Peabody city and townships east and west.

◼ Tampa Senior Center, 100 Main St., Tampa, for the precincts of Blaine, Colfax, Durham, Durham Park, Logan, Moore, Ramona and Tampa.

In addition to voters in the newly created commission districts, contested races include Florence mayor and two council seats, Goessel council seats, Marion city mayor and two council seats, Lost Springs council seat, Peabody council seat and USD 397 in position one.

Spencer said voter turnout for the city/school elections is typically very low.

“In 2017, the turnout was 30 percent and in 2015, it was 36 percent. These elections used to be held in the spring until a law change moved them to the fall,” Spencer said.

But, it’s difficult to know how the addition of the two new commission districts will affect this election. And, Spencer said she believed this was the first time that Marion County has ever been a five-member district county.