Early voting averages 60 per day for Paris City Council, 23 per day for PJC regents

voting boothAfter four days, the early vote turnout for the May 10 city election in Paris hit 240 on Thursday, with District 6 continuing to poll more than the three other districts combined.

If the average of 60 votes a day holds for the four Paris City Council races, that would work out to 420 early votes by the time early voting ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday, four days before Election Day.

Early voting continues daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, plus Monday and Tuesday of next week at the County Services Building (241 Lamar Ave.)

On Election Day, May 10, 2014, voting will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • In City Council District 1 (incumbent Aaron Jenkins vs. former councilman Joe McCarthy), 14 people voted on Monday, 10 on Tuesday, 8 on Wednesday, and 5 on Thursday for a four-day total of 37 (15.1 percent of the total).
  • In City Council District 2 (incumbent Sue Lancaster vs. Kelly Collins), 17 people voted on Monday, 2 on Tuesday, 6 on Wednesday, and 4 on Thursday for a four-day total of 29 (12.1 percent of the total).
  • In District 3 (incumbent John Wright vs. former councilman Benny Plata), 9 people voted on Monday, 9 on Tuesday, 13 people on Wednesday, and 15 on Thursday for a four-day total of 46 (19.2 percent of the total).
  • In District 6 (incumbent councilwoman Cleonne Drake vs. former councilman Edwin Pickle), 36 people voted on Monday, 31 on Tuesday, 32 on Wednesday, and 29 on Thursday for a four-day total of 128 (53.3 percent of the total).

Twenty votes were cast Thursday in early voting for the Paris Junior College regents election, raising the total after four days to 92, an average of 23 a day for the two PJC regent elections involved.

  • In the Place 4 race between incumbent Daigone Garner and challenger Charles A. Lynch, 17 votes were cast on Monday, 10 on Tuesday, 9 on Wednesday, and 7 on Thursday for a four-day total of 43 (46.7 percent of the total).
  • In the Place 7 race among incumbent Frankie Norwood, Charles W. Gilbert and Jim Bell, 15 votes were cast on Monday, 15 on Tuesday, 6 on Wednesday, and 13 on Thursday for a four-day total of 49 (53.3 percent of the total).

Here is the recap for Early Voting in the Paris City Council and Paris Junior College regent elections.

EV Recap 05012014

By Charles Richards, eParisExtra

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Charles Richards Charles Richards moved to Paris in 2004 after retiring from a 40-year career in journalism – the last 26 years as a news writer and sports writer with The Associated Press in Dallas and Washington, D.C. In mid-2004, The Paris News coaxed him out of retirement, and he began covering the police, court and regional beat for The Paris News. Then in early 2005, he was switched to coverage of a sharply divided Paris City Council. He was appointed by the City Council in 2006 to the 12-member City Charter Review Commission, which extensively rewrote the outmoded document. His writing awards include two first-place awards in statewide competition for feature writing. The most recent was his 2005 story on a Paris doctor’s startling use of leeches in a successful attempt to re-attach a man’s severed ear. Over his career, Richards’ interview subjects include Alabama Gov. George Wallace, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush, David Koresh, Arnold Palmer, Muhammad Ali and numerous other political and sports figures. He is an alumnus of Texas Tech, where he was editor of the school newspaper. He lives in Paris with his wife, Barbara, who is retired after 30 years as a teacher and high school counselor.