After an 11 percent turnout in Brown County in the March primary election, elections administrator Larry Franks hopes for at least a 40 percent turnout in the Nov. 6 general election.
Early voting begins Monday in local, state and federal elections and runs through Nov. 2. All early voting takes place in the elections office, located in the courthouse annex building off Fisk Street, just north the courthouse.
Early voting hours are:
• Oct. 22–26 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Oct. 29-31 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Nov. 1-2 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Contested local elections include the county judge’s race between Republican Party nominee Paul Lilly and write-in challenger Steve Fryar.
In the May school board election, voters there will cast ballots for one, two, three or four candidates consisting of Frank Henderson, Tiffany G. Baker, Charles “Chuck” Woods, Ben McInnis, Bo E. Allen and Teri S. Murphree.
In a local option election, voters will cast ballots for or against “the legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages.”
The Brown County Committee for Better Business hopes voters will support “balancing the alcohol sales rules for all of Brown County,” the group said in a press release. The group consists of business, community leaders and residents who helped gather more than 3,000 signatures of registered voters to call the election.
“We’ve had over a thousand mail ballots,” Franks said. “That’s normally what we do for a presidential election. I think we’ll have more for this one than we had in the primaries — for one, because of the county judge’s race, as well as the political climate that’s going on.”