Early voting begins for Watson Chapel, White Hall ballot measures

The first day of early voting on the issuing of bonds for the city of White Hall and a millage increase for the Watson Chapel School District saw 25 residents of the two municipalities cast their ballots at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

“We had 21 vote in the Watson Chapel millage election and four people vote in the White Hall bond issue,” said Katherine Wooldridge, senior deputy clerk for voter registration with the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office. “We are able to use the same voting machines for both elections because the personal electronic ballots that are plugged in for each vote include the information on which ballot a voter is marking.”

Early voting will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the county clerk’s office at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

On Election Day, Tuesday, May 14, voting will be from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at designated polling places.

White Hall

White Hall voters are voting on whether or not to authorize the issuance of bonds by the city up to $4.5 million for the purpose of building and equipping a community center that would include a gymnasium, walking track, acquatic facilities, classroom and meeting room. The bonds will be paid from an existing 2 percent tax on hotel rentals and prepared foods purchases.

Election Day voting will take place at White Hall City Hall, 101 Parkway Drive, for precincts 711, 712, 713, 714, 721, 731, 732 and 733.

Watson Chapel

Watson Chapel voters are voting on whether or not to authorize an increase of 2.3 mills to the current WCSD rate of 31.8 mills for the construction of a new kindergarten and first-grade building at Edgewood Elementary School.

Election Day voting will be conducted at Matthews Memorial at West 20th Avenue and U.S. 79 for precincts 301, 302, 303, 306, 307, 308, 309, 310, 311, 312, 315, 316, 317, 323, 417 and 418; Goodfaith-Carr Methodist at 3703 Ryburn Road for precincts 51, 53, 56, 57, 59, 313, 314, 321, 322, 324, 325, 326, and 327; Gospel Temple Baptist Church at 1100 Oakwood Road for precincts 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 413, 414, 415, and 416; and Sulphur Springs Methodist at 9238 Sulphur Springs Road for precincts 52, 54, 55, 58, 66 and 67.

Absentee ballots may be obtained from the county clerk during normal business hours. Absentee ballots will be canvassed and counted in the Jefferson County Election Commission office at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.

Votes cast on Election Day will be canvassed and counted at the election commission office at 7:30 p.m.