On February 27th County Clerk Frances Lee held the public testing of automatic tabulating equipment in her office at Alexander County Courthouse.
The testing of equipment was run by Deb Oldham of Election Management Associates and saw that the precincts of Cairo #1, Thebes, and Tamms were in accurate working order.
Spread about the back room of the County Clerk office were several Automark Systems, ready to be placed at each precinct in the county. The systems are computerized and required by the Attorney General to assist handicapped voters.
The primary election in Alexander County began early voting on Monday, March 3. Registered voters are able to vote for their choices after signing an affidavit with the County Clerk’s office and having their eligibility verified.
The County Clerk’s office will be open on Saturday, March 15 to service early voters.
“I’m not usually open on Saturdays but we need to give people a chance to get their voting taken care of if they’ll be absent on election day,” said Lee.
The primary election gives area voters the opportunity to influence the county and state through their choices of candidates. This influence can often mean the difference in state and federal policies that have long-standing effects on the economy and population.
Alexander County residents are encouraged to cast their vote in the general primary election on March 18 at one of the 11 polling locations in the county.
George Lamboley | The Cairo Citizen