Many voters don’t turn out at the polls until presidential election years, but this year’s mid-term elections include a number of significant seats at the local, state and federal level.
Madison County citizens who aren’t registered to vote are running out of time if they care to cast ballots in the May 20 non-partisan and primary elections. The voter registration deadline for participating in those elections is April 21.
Early voting for those elections will take place April 28 through May 16 at the county registrar’s office in the government complex, with Saturday voting also offered May 10 in that office.
Three county races will be contested in 2014 and two of those elections will take place next month. David Patton and Greg Sartain will face off for the non-partisan magistrate judge’s seat on May 20. Long-time magistrate judge Harry Rice is retiring at the end of the year. Meanwhile, incumbent school board member Arlen Johnson will face a challenge in another non-partisan election from Angie McGinnis for the District 2 seat at the board of education table.
A third local race won’t be decided until the Nov. 4 general election, when board of commission member Jim Escoe, a Republican, is challenged by Democrat Clyde Verhine for the District 5 seat at the BOC table.