Absentee voting is now underway for Booneville’s upcoming primary election.
In-person absentee voting for the April 6 party primary election is now being conducted at the city clerk’s office at Booneville City Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
City hall will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 3 for the final day for in-person absentee voting. All those voting absentee must present a valid photo identification, noted Booneville Municipal Election Commission Secretary Barbara Shackelford.
The clock is also ticking for anyone who isn’t currently registered to vote to get registered for the upcoming primary. The final day to register is Monday, March 8 at 5 p.m. City Hall will be open this Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for voter registration. Voters may also register at the Prentiss County Circuit Clerk’s office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday.
The primary election is the time for each political party to select its candidates for the general election and voters will have to choose whether to vote as a Republican or a Democrat in the primary election.
In the Republican primary voters will see a pair of contested elections. All candidates for Alderman Ward 1 are running as republicans so that race will be decided in the primary among candidates Tara Lauderdale, Josh Reese, Gary Walker and Lauren Whitson.
In Ward 3 Republicans, Jimmy Hicks and Bill Stevenson will battle for the party’s nomination with the winner to face independent candidate Tai Grove in the general election. In Ward 4 Republicans Chris Kitchens, Allen Prentiss and Michael Starkey will seek their party’s nomination with the winner to face independent Carolyn Miller in the general election.
In the race for alderman at large, Republicans Harold Eaton and LaVaile Shields will seek the nomination with the winner to face independent Derrick Blythe in the general election.
There will be only one contested race on the Democratic primary ballot. In Ward 2 incumbent alderman Jeff Williams and challenger Robbye Grove Wiggins are both running as Democrats. With no independents or Republicans in that race the primary winner will win the election.
There will be no primary in the race for mayor since incumbent Chris Lindley is the lone Republican candidate with his only challenger, CJ McCoy, running as an independent.
If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote in any of the contested primary elections. Runoffs will be held on April 27.
The city’s general election is set for June 8 and the newly elected officials will take office on July 1.