Midterm elections generally don’t bring high percentages of voters out to the polls.
“Typically in the past it’s been fairly low,” said Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Mary Alice Busby.
But this year, Busby expects the turnout to be higher.“We’re had a much large amount of absentee voters for this election,” she said.
All 18 voter precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The deadline to register to vote has passed and Busby said there are no last minute registrations.
There are 24,235 people registered to vote in Lafayette County. (November 1, 2010, Page 1A)
The Fran Talbert family writes to thank local veterans and others for the outpouring of respect following the death of Fran Talbert, while Lena L. Ward writes to tell readers who they should be mad at rather than President Obama and the Democrats. (November 1, 2010, Page 4A)
Have you got your tricks and treats set up for Sunday evening? Editor Don Whitten passes out some early tricks and treats, but not the kind you’ll be handing out on Halloween. Some get treats for what they’re doing, while others are given tricks. (October 28, 2010, Page 4)
Term limits – good or bad? They’re good if you like keeping folks in elected office that do a good job. They’re bad if you believe fresh blood and fresh ideas are needed. Editor Don Whitten notes that term limits can be set without legislation – by voters going to the ballot box and limiting terms of those they want out of office but yet leaving in those they want to keep. (October 22, 2010, Page 4A)
Election campaigning once meant small political cards, bumper stickers and possibly a fan to wave. Nowadays, it’s signs on posts and in yards and on street corners. Local columnist John Morgan relates a humorous story about his campaign signs from a year ago and how some were being used by someone else. (September 24, 2010, Page 4A)
Milly Moorhead West writes to support Rep. Travis Childers and to urge people to not believe everything they hear or see in political ads. (September 23, 2010, Page 4)
Patti C. Harris writes to ask if the change voters were looking for has happened, and she urges people to take a closer look at everything before they vote again in November. (September 20, 2010, Page 4A)
David King writes to urge people to give democracy and Democrats a chance, saying that it’s going to take time to get the change people voted for two years ago. (September 2, 2010, Page 4)
Local columnist Jimmy Reed gives his opinion on the current administration and results of the national elections in 2008, and says that the November 2010 elections offer voters a chance to clean up the mess. (June 22, 2010, Page 4)
The race for Third District Circuit Court is heating up with three more attorneys qualifying for the November election: John A. Gregory, Dave Rozier and Kent A. Smith. Local voters will decide who will get a judicial seat in the Third District Circuit Court, which covers seven counties — Lafayette, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Marshall, Tippah and Union. Currently there are three seats for the Third Circuit. (March 4, 2010, Page 1)