A total of 470 people cast ballots during the early voting period for the Smithville Municipal Election from May 26th through June 10th.
According to the DeKalb County Election Commission, 440 voted in person and 30 voted by absentee ballot.
This is the lowest early voting turnout for a Smithville Municipal Election since 2006 when 425 voted early. Here's how the vote breaks down each day during the early voting period: May 26th: 23, May 27th: 27, May 28th: 32 , May 29th: 40, June 1st: 30, June 2nd: 36, June 3rd: 53, June 4th: 25, June 5th: 38, June 7th: 23, June 8th: 40, June 9th: 28, and June 10th: 75.
Election day is Tuesday, June 15th. Voting will be from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on the first floor of the courthouse. That will be the only polling location for the city election. WJLE will have LIVE election return coverage Tuesday night starting at 7:00 p.m. on FM 101.7/AM 1480 and at www.wjle.com.
A mayor and two aldermen will be elected, each to serve a two year term.
Mayor Taft Hendrixson is being challenged for re-election by former Smithville mayor and cattle producer Bruce Medley and DCHS teacher Debi Loring DePriest.
Incumbent Aldermen Cecil Burger and Stephen White face opposition from Shawn Beckham. The terms of office for those elected will begin on July 1st.
The following numbers represent city voter turnout over the last four years;
In 2006, 425 voted early and 271 cast ballots on election day.
In 2007, 555 voted early and 183 election day
In 2008, 684 voted early and 279 election day
In 2009, 590 voted early and 221 election day