If early voting figures are any indication, the turnout for the Saturday, May 9, city council and school board elections may be about half of what it was last year.
Last year, city voters were faced with a race for mayor, but none of the candidates for city council was opposed. In the school board election, two out of three positions were contested.
This year, voters will decide one contested race for city council and one for school board.
By early afternoon Tuesday, May 5, 255 had cast early voting ballots, according to Maudina Bomarito, election judge.
By comparison, last year's early voting tally at about the same time was 475, and ended with a total of 563 early voters. Predictions for a total voter turnout of 800 to 900 were exceeded when 981 voted, which was 30 percent of the registered voters.
This year's races will be decided in voting Saturday, May 9. Voting will be at the Community Center, 408 N. Alister St., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Results will be made available later that evening on the South Jetty Web site, www.portasouthjetty. com, and by calling the South Jetty office, 749-5131, or stopping by the office at 141 W. Cotter Ave.. Phones will be answered until about 9 p.m., depending on how soon results come in after voting ends.
On the city ballot will be one contested race for Place 1 between incumbent Keith Donley and challenger Elleece Calvert.
Charles Bujan in Place 3 and Rick Pratt in Place 5, are unopposed in their bids for re-election. Bujan is completing his first two-year term and Pratt is completing his second term.
Place 1 incumbent on the school board, Margaret Price, faces challenger Christina Brundrett-Milligan.
Ann Appling is unopposed for Place 7. Trustees are not subject to term limits. Terms are for three years.