If early voting is an indication, the city election Tuesday may be decided by a larger number of voters than the last several municipal elections.
A total of 683 people cast ballots during the early voting period from May 28th through June 12th, a new early voting record for a Smithville Election.
On Thursday, the last day of early voting, 82 people voted including 80 by personal appearance and 2 by mail.
The daily numbers of people voting from Wednesday, May 28th to June 12th are as follows:
Wednesday, May 28th- 58 (56 by personal appearance and 2 by mail)
Thursday, May 29th- 66 (64 by personal appearance and 2 by mail)
Friday, May 30th- 36 (33 by personal appearance at the courthouse and 3 by personal appearance at a retirement home)
Saturday, May 31st- 37 (36 by personal appearance and one by mail)
Monday, June 2nd- 44 (43 by personal appearance and one by mail)
Tuesday, June 3rd- 43 (43 by personal appearance and 0 by mail)
Wednesday, June 4th- (37 by personal appearance and 0 by mail)
Thursday, June 5th- (49 by personal appearance and 0 by mail)
Friday, June 6th- (49 people voted by personal appearance and 2 by mail)
Saturday, June 7th- (23 people voted by personal appearance and 0 by mail)
Monday, June 9th- (23 people voted by personal appearance and 0 by mail)
Tuesday, June 10th- (54 people voted by personal appearance and 4 by mail)
Wednesday, June 11th- (43 people voted by personal appearance and 0 by mail)
Thursday, June 12th- (80 people voted by personal appearance and 2 by mail)
Prior to the start of early voting, 33 persons voted by mail or by personal appearance at nursing and retirement homes.
In the city election last year in which three aldermen were elected, a total of 738 people voted including 555 early voters and 183 on election day.
In 2006 in which a mayor and two aldermen were elected, a total of 696 voted including 425 early voters and 271 on election day.
Numbers of voters in city elections from the year 2000 to 2005 are as follows:
Year 2005: 70 voters including 28 early voters and 42 on election day
Year 2004: 800 including 450 (early) and 350 (election day)
Year 2003: 450 including 231 (early) and 219 (election day)
Year 2002: 833 including 442 (early) and 391 (election day)
Year 2001: 473 including 218 (early) and 255 (election day)
Year 2000: 642 including 313 (early) and 329 (election day)
Election day is Tuesday, June 17. Voting will take place in the basement courtroom of the courthouse. The polls will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. Everyone waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote. To vote in the Smithville Election you must be a registered voter and be a resident of the city or be registered as a property rights voter. Please bring identification with you when you come to vote.
The absentee counting board will convene Election Day to count the paper ballots cast for the Smithville Election. The early voting machines will be tallied and the results announced as soon as possible at the close of the polls.
WJLE will have LIVE election return coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. at the courthouse or hear the results LIVE on-line at www.wjle.com