FROM STAFF REPORTS
On Tuesday night, Volusia County should have a new School Board member.
Registered voters living in the Volusia County School Board District 2, which is on the east side of the county, can vote Jan. 15 during a special election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at their assigned polling places.
Those who wish to early vote in person can still do so up until Saturday, Jan. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Department of Elections Historic Courthouse, 125 W. New York Ave.
Ida Duncan Wright, an instructor at Bethune-Cookman University, and Dr. Kathy Williams, a retired educator and widow of Volusia School Board Chairman Al Williams were the top vote getters during the Dec. 18 primary. Al Williams died on Oct. 1 before he could be sworn in for another term.
Turnout for the primary was only 3,972 voters, or about 6 percent of the 66,166 registered voters in District 2, according to the elections office.
Absentee votes outnumber those in person
Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall said more people voted by absentee ballot than those who went to their designated polling place during the Dec. 18 primary.
Absentee votes were 2,714 while 1,242 voted at polling places.
Wright garnered the most votes during the Dec. 18 primary but not enough to win the race against Williams and three other candidates. Wright received 1,538 votes (39 percent) to Williams’ 1,023 votes (26 percent). Wright had to win 50 percent plus 1 vote to avoid a runoff.
According to the elections office, 10,000 absentee ballots have been sent out to voters who have asked that they always receive absentee ballots for all scheduled elections.
School board members are elected to four-year terms and earn $34,010 annually.