Voter turnout has been overwhelming in the county-held general election and City of Henrietta local option election according to election officials.
Early voting continues through 5 p.m. Friday in both elections. Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. Early voting in the general election is held at the Clay County Courthouse Annex, 214 N. Main St., Henrietta; early ballots in the Henrietta local option election can be cast at city hall, 101 N. Main St.
At the close of business Wednesday, 1,473 ballots had been cast in the general election by mail and by early voters. In the city’s local option election to legalize the sale of alcoholic beverages and mixed drinks, more than 500 ballots have been cast, causing election officials at city hall to scramble for ballots.
More people have voted in the local option election than voted in the last city council election, said City Manager Kelley Bloodworth. Because the local option ballots will be counted by hand and not an optical scanner, election officials have been able to reproduce the official ballot.
Expecting a large turnout due to the presidential race, County Clerk Sasha Kelton ordered more ballots than usual for a general election.
Two county officials are opposed and one county office is up for grabs in the general election.
Dee Litteken of Scotland (Clay County), Democratic candidate, is challenging incumbent Kenny Lemons of Dean for sheriff. Lemons, elected as a Democrat, switched to the Republican Party for the election.
Longtime Clay County Constable Toby Davis of Petrolia, a Democrat, is opposed by Ronnie Pullin of Thornberry, Republican, who is a deputy with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Clay County Tax Assessor-Collector Linda Sellers will retire when her term expires in December. Running for the office is Republican Maribel Longoria of Henrietta, an employee in the office, and Democrat Bobbi Gilmore of Bluegrove.