At city hall, approximately 41 citizens had voted by 10:30 a.m.
Out of 4,675 registered voters, elections superintendent Orma Luckey said she hopes to see at least 800 on election day.
There were approximately 286 votes in the early election and 31 absentee ballots have been counted so far. Luckey said there might be more absentee ballots to come in during the day.
“This is pretty good for 10:30 (a.m.)” Luckey said. “We are pleased they are coming out.”
Polls are open at city hall till 7 p.m. Once the last person votes, the votes will be tallied and reported in the same location. Voters are encouraged to bring a form of identification with them to the polls. The election fills the unexpired term of councilman Eddie Stinnet who died in November. The ward five council seat has two candidates, Judd Burkhart and Clay Kissner. The winner will serve on the council through the end of the year and have to qualify and run again in the general election in November.
“There was a young man who voted for the first time and asked what the cost was for voting,” said election worker Louis Culbreth.