Friday, March 6, 2009

The Voting Begins

I was only the sixth person to cast a ballot when I voted for Stephenie Dodson down at the Metro Nashville Election Commission shortly before 12:30 PM today. It's the first day of early voting for the March 26 special election where Dodson and three other candidates are vying to succeed Keith Durbin as District 18 representative on the Metro Council.

When our district last had a contested council race, it was between two people on a August 1999 general election ballot that also featured a wide-open mayor's contest. Despite the intense interest in the overall election there were only about 1,000 district residents that voted in the race between Ginger Hausser and Jayne Gordon. Hausser won by a mere 10 votes. It's hard therefore to expect a big turnout for this race when it's a special election, despite the strong field of four candidates.

Early voting goes through March 21. If no candidate gets 50 percent plus one vote on March 26 then the top two finishers will square off in a April 30 run-off to decide the issue.

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