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Early voting under way in Morrow

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

Early voting, in a special election to fill the unexpired term of former Morrow City Councilman Charles Sorrow, is currently under way. Registered Morrow voters will be able to vote at the Morrow Municipal Complex during normal business hours until Friday, March 12.

According to Morrow City Clerk and Elections Registrar Evyonne Browning, early voting for the special election started Monday and will continue all next week. She said that all registered voters, 18 years of age or older, with valid photo identification will be able to cast their ballot early.

"We've had a lot of people coming ... it's been very encouraging," Browning said on Thursday. She said that as of 4 p.m., on Thursday, 75 people had voted early and that three mailed-in absentee ballots had been received.

"Currently, we have 2,712 voters that are registered," Browning said. "It would nice if at least 50 percent of these registered voters come. In 2005, there was just two council seats [up for election] and the number of people to vote was right at 500."

In January, Sorrow resigned from office for health reasons. Competing to fill his spot on the council are former Morrow Downtown Development Authority Executive Director John Lampl, former city Property Manager Jeanell Bridges, and local retiree, James "Jim" Duckworth.

Browning said that paper ballots will be used in the city election. She said each ballot will display check boxes for the three candidates, as well as a space for a write-in candidate.

"It's very simple," Browning said. "... The city has always used paper ballots and they don't want to change. It's probably because so few people do vote and the cost of renting the machines, versus the cost of printing the ballots, is much more."

Browning said that early voting will continue until March 12 and that absentee ballots will be collected until the close of the polls on election day, March 16.

"We'll stop sending out absentee ballots on the twelfth [March 12]," Browning said. "If they [absentee ballots] come in the mail [on the day of the election], they will be counted, but if they come the day after, they won't be counted."

Voting will take place in the Morrow Municipal Complex Community Room, located at 1500 Morrow Road in Morrow. For more information, call (770) 961-4002.