Fort Deposit ready for election

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 23, 2004

Election Day for cities and towns throughout the State of Alabama are only days away.

On Tuesday Aug. 24 voters will step to the polls to decide on whom they would like to represent them in their local government.

In the District 1 race current councilman Bryan Hare and Doyle Sasser will face no opposition and retain their seat by acclimation.

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Some voters will have a full ticket as four candidates will run for three positions in District 2.

In District 2 Irish Simmons and Elbert Lee Means will look to keep their spots.

Jacquline Boone and Geraldine Fountain will challenge for a District 2 seat.

In the mayor's race, Harriet Means will challenge current mayor Fletcher Fountain.

Fountain said he looks forward to serving another term if the people of Fort Deposit elect him.

"I'm looking forward to serving another four years if the people of Fort Deposit put me back in office," said Fletcher. "But if I do not win I know it is because God has something better for me."

Fletcher's opposition Harriet Means said she is very excited about the coming election and hopes the people of Fort Deposit give her a chance to prove herself.

"I'm getting a good response from many people," said Means. "Things have gone really well."

Means said she planned to bring progress to Fort Deposit if elected.

"My slogan is "a vote for me is a vote for progress," said Means. "I can get the job done."

Fort Deposit City Clerk Diane Knight said things have been very busy at City Hall during election preparations.

"It has been hectic," said Knight. "I've talked to quite a few people in throughout the process. We have all just stayed very busy."

Knight said most of the requests have come for absentee ballots. Many have already arrived.

On Election Day the voters of Fort Deposit will have an important decision to make.

However, if they have not registered by now, they will have no voice.

Voters must sign up 10 days before the election to be eligible.

This year, that day will fell on Friday Aug. 13 for the August 24 election.

The same rule applies for people who are registered voters, but have moved.

Those who have moved to a new location must fill out a Voter Update Form to confirm a new voting location if the move takes them out of their district.

Like the initial registration, this can be taken care of at the Registrars Office in the Lowndes County Courthouse.

The change can pose a problem when voters arrive to cast their vote if the addresses on record are incorrect.

The town asks that everyone who may have been affected by the change check his or her information prior to the election.

For those who have properly registered and plan to vote the process will be simple. The one and only polling place will be at the armory.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.