Click below to listen to KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Carroll County Clerk, Peggy McGaugh, about the April 7th elections:
The April 7th elections are here and there are a few changes Carroll County citizens will need to be aware of, including the chance that some voters may not need to show up at the polls, at all. “If you happen to be a rural voter in the Carrollton area, you may not need to show up at the polls,” explained McGaugh, “Because only city voters, in the city of Carrollton, are assured of having a ballot. There is city issues on the ballot, however no rural Carrollton and no county wide elections either. County wide only 2 schools are having an election, being Braymer C-4 and Norborne R-8.”
Another difference this voting term is the much smaller number in cities who have to participate. “Usually this is a township election,” stated McGaugh, “Of the 20 townships, we usually have several that are required to run, this particular April we only will be voting on Ward members in Fairfield, Hurricane, and Moss Creek townships. Of course Moss Creek votes downstairs in the basement of the courthouse. So if you show up at the basement of the courthouse and you’re told that you don’t have a ballot it’s because you are probably a Carrollton R-7 voter.”
However, some changes are as minor as a slight change in poll location. “Carrollton Ward 1, which normally votes at the Senior Center, will be voting at the T.P. Rupe Center along with the Carrollton Ward 4 voters for this election,” McGaugh gave details, “For those of you new to the area, that is located behind the Carrollton Fire Station.”
While voting is always encouraged, there is a chance you could very seriously regret not inputting your opinion this time around, especially if you happen to be from one of the smaller rural communities in Carroll County. “The thing that will be driving out the city voters I believe is the question about forgoing elections,” McGaugh expressed, “The ballot language is; Shall the city of______ be authorized to forgo annual elections if the number of candidates who have filed for a particular office is equal to the number of position to be filled by the election. DeWitt, Bogard, Bosworth, Hale, Norborne and Tina all have this issue on their city ballot.”
Carroll County Courthouse Press Release:
- Rural Voters in Carrollton may not need to show up at the polls on April 7th, as only city voters are assured of having a ballot for the April 7, 2015 Municipal election with many entities qualifying for a non-election law.
- Countywide only two schools are required to have an election; Braymer C-4 School for Board Members and Norborne R-8 School with a bond issue.
- Carrollton Ward I, which normally votes at the Senior Center will be voting at the T.P. Rupe Center along with Carrollton Ward 4 for this election. Carrollton Wards 2 and 3 will be voting as usual in the basement of Carrollton Public Library.
- With only City issues on the ballot in Carrollton, rural Carrollton R-7 School District voters will NOT have a ballot. Likewise, Carrollton R-7 voters in Combs, Eugene, Hill, Leslie, Prairie, Ridge, Sugartree, Trotter, and rural voters in Van Horn Township will also NOT have issues as these townships also qualified for the non-election law.
- All voters in the Cherry Valley/Egypt I & II/ Prairie precinct, voting at the Norborne Goppert Center and the Washington/ Fairfield precinct, voting at the Plymouth Community Hall have issues to receive a ballot. The Washington/Fairfield precinct has the Braymer C-4 School issues as well as the Stet Fire Protection District tax levy issue, Fairfield Township and Golden Age Nursing Home write-in candidate.
- Bosworth R-5 School and Combs, DeWitt, Ridge and Rockford townships qualified for the non-election law, thus all rural Bosworth voters and Rockford voters will not have issues on the ballot. The Ridge/Rockford precinct, voting at the Bosworth Community Center will be open for the City of Bosworth voters.
- The Combs and Eugene precinct, which normally votes at the Wakenda Baptist Church will not be open on election day, since both the schools and Townships qualified for the non-election law. This voting precinct will be open for 2016 elections.
- Brunswick BR-2 School and DeWitt and Eugene townships all qualified for the non-election law, so all rural voters in DeWitt and Eugene Townships will not have a ballot. The DeWitt precinct, voting at the DeWitt Community Center will be open for the City of DeWitt voters.
- The only townships who have board members to be elected are Fairfield, Hurricane and Moss Creek.
- All voters in Hurricane Township will have issues on the ballot.
- Hale R-1 School qualified for the non-election law, thus voters in rural Stokes Mound Township as well as Ridge/Rockford Townships will not have a ballot.
- The Moss Creek/Wakenda/Sugartree/Trotter precinct that votes in the Courthouse basement will be open for all the Moss Creek township voters and Norborne R-8 School voters. Sugartee, Wakenda and Trotter townships qualified for the non-election law, so Carrollton R-7 school voters will not have ballot.
- Tina R-2 School and the Townships of Hill and Stokes Mound all qualified for the non-election law, however, the Hill/Stokes Mound precinct, which votes at the Tina Community hall will remain open for the Village of Tina voters.
As always, if voters have questions prior to or on election day may call the elections office at 660-542-0615.