Provisional ballots could affect BOE race

Published 2:49 am Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The 10 provisional votes cast in Andalusia’s municipal election could affect the outcome of one of Tuesday’s races.

tommy-wrightIn District 4, challenger Tommy Wright led longtime Board of Education member Bill King by four votes, 122 to 118. Wright is a political newcomer, and a retired educator and coach. King, a dentist, has served on the board for 20 years.

0729-bill-kingProvisional votes are cast when a voter’s registration is in question, or if a voter has moved from one district to another and not updated his or her registration. The ballots are sealed, with voter information in an exterior envelope.

City Clerk John Thompson said those ballots will be delivered to the board of registrars today, Wed., Aug. 24, and the board will determine if the votes should be counted.

The registrars will return legitimate ballots to the city later this week, and the ballots will be opened in a specially called meeting at noon on Tues., Aug. 30.

Thompson said there is no way of knowing in which district the provisional ballots were cast.