Early voting numbers reach close to 2,000

COVINGTON — With only two days left in early voting for the May 20 primary election, Newton County Board of Elections has seen close to 2,000 voters.

The in-office votes totaled 1,747 as of Wednesday morning, according to Board of Elections Director Donna Morrison. The Democrat party leads with 979 votes and the Republicans have received 757 votes.

Morrison said it’s a good number, but they’d like to see more people come out.

“Typically there’s not a large turnout for the primary… we always want to see more,” Morrison said.

The Newton County Board of Elections mailed out 521 absentee ballots; 334 have been returned.

In addition to a wide slate of statewide and congressional candidates, the ballot will include the following local candidates:

The 2014 Newton County candidates are as follows:

• County Commissioner District 2 seat — Ricky Corley, Earnest Simmons and incumbent Lanier Sims; and

• County Commissioner District 4 seat — Sonya Hunte, Jacquelyn Smith and incumbent J.C. Henderson

The Board of Education members who are running unopposed are Shakila Henderson-Baker and Abigail M. Coggin. Stanley Edwards Jr. is the only candidate who qualified for the District 1 seat currently held by Jeff Meadors, who is not seeking re-election.

The ballots will also have the candidates for state positions such as governor, representatives, senators, and state school superintendent, as well as U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Voters have until 5 p.m. Friday to cast a ballot at the Board of Elections office, located at 113 Usher St., Suite 103, in Covington.