Voter Turnout Low for Early Voting

Huntsville, TN (2015-10-22) After four days of Early Voting for the November 7, 2015 Town of Oneida Municipal Election, less than one percent of registered voters have cast their preference.

According to Administrator of Elections Gabe Krahn, 306 persons had cast ballots in the Town of Oneida election by the close early voting on Thursday afternoon.  Of those, 207 were cast at the city’s only early voting location—the Oneida Municipal Services Building.  The remainder was cast on paper, either through a mail-in ballot or at one of the area nursing homes.  There are 2,438 registered voters in the town.

In this election, voters are electing a Mayor and four aldermen to run the Town for the next four years.

Incumbent Mayor Jack E. Lay is seeking his seventh term in office.  Lay will be challenged by current Alderman David Lowe, former Oneida Water Department Manager Johnny B. Acres, and Oneida businessman Harold Brooks.

With Lowe running for the Mayor’s office and incumbent Alderwoman Sharon Miller, who moved out of town, not seeking reelection, two new faces will be elected to the Oneida City Council.  Incumbent Alderman Cecil Anderson and Alderwoman Linda Lay, will face opposition from Oneida High School Principal Kevin Byrd, local Pharmacist Mark Byrd, businessman Randy Cooper, Payne Lovett, town employee Bruce Mays, Paul Orick Jr., former aldermen James Smith and former alderman/county mayor Jeff Tibbals.  Since all candidates run at-large, the four persons with the greatest number of votes will be elected.

Early Voting will continue through Monday, November 2, 2015. Polling hours are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.