ELECTION UPDATE: No lines at city voting polls

Published 10:32 am Tuesday, May 1, 2012

ROD GUAJARDO / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Dorothy Drouillard casts her vote Tuesday morning at the Elks Lodge on Lower Woodville Road. Polls are open until 7 p.m. today.

NATCHEZ — Voters moved quickly through polling locations this morning to vote for the Democratic candidates that will head to the June general election and elect two aldermen and a city clerk.

Polls opened at 7 this morning and close at 7 p.m.

For the morning crowd of voters at two polling locations, long lines weren’t an issue.

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Heather Lewis cast her vote at the National Guard Armory this morning and said she was in and out within a few minutes.

Lewis said the mayoral election brought her to the polls today.

“I think Natchez is moving in the right direction,” Lewis said. “It’s time to make the right decision.”

Lewis said she is expecting a runoff between two mayoral candidates, and that she would definitely be back to vote in that election as well.

If a runoff is needed, it will be May 15.

Boyd Alexander cast his vote at the Elks Lodge on Lower Woodville Road and also said there was no wait.

ROD GUAJARDO / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Beth Smith casts her vote Tuesday morning at the Elks Lodge on Lower Woodville Road. Long lines weren't an issue Tuesday morning at several polling locations.

Alexander has been in Natchez for 38 years and said he knows all the candidates well and that he has voted for all of the mayoral candidates before.

“It’s going to be a strange outcome,” Alexander said. “I guess everyone is looking for a job.”

Alexander said this election reminds him of the last time Phillip West won the mayor’s seat because of the two other candidates splitting the white vote.

“(Jake Middleton and Larry L. “Butch” Brown) will split the white vote and that’s going to let West win,” Alexander said. “And it’s not that I’m against West, I know him very well.

“Out of the three, I think he’ll do just as good of job as any of them.”

Dorothy Drouillard also cast her vote at the Elks Lodge and said she did have to wait in line, but for less than a minute.

Drouillard said she’s been in Natchez for 10 years and has gotten to know the candidates over the years.

“The mayoral race brought us out today, but I’m interested in all the races,” Drouillard said. “We’ve gotten to know the candidates, and we’re looking forward to seeing the outcome.”

Independent and Republican party candidates in the city elections will not appear on today’s ballot.

Democratic, Republican and independent candidates will appear on the June 5 general election ballot.