HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) –Tuesday, October 7th is decision day for south Huntsville voters. They’ll decide who’ll represent District 3 on the Huntsville city council and the Huntsville city school board. But some are worried about turnout at the polls.
29 thousand people are registered to vote in Tuesday's municipal run-off election for District 3. But this is fall break for many students and their families, so turnout at the polls is anyone's guess. Huntsville city clerk Chuck Hagood doesn’t expect a lot of people to show up to cast their ballot. Hagood told WHNT News 19, “You hear from some people that it's going to be small because of fall break.”
And at least one candidate is worried about that. City Council District 3 candidate Jennie Robinson says, “When we were out waving at cars this morning, traffic was extremely light on the South Parkway and I hope that's not an indication of how many people are in town.”
Her opponent in the runoff, Walt Hennessee says, “We've been out working hard and waving at people, we got a lot of good supporters out there that are working the pavement.”
Hagood says some people who knew they wouldn’t make it to the polls have already voted. “Absentee ballots are in and we had 219 people qualify for absentee ballots,” he told us.
Voters will also elect the representative for District 3 on the Huntsville city school board. Anson Knowles will face Elisa Ferrell.
There will be nine polling sites. They’ll open at 7 am and close at 7 pm. Unofficial results should be available within two hours. Official results and provisional ballots will be announced at a specially called meeting of the city council on October 14th at 11:30 in the council chambers.