By Hank Wiesner/Southern Sentinel
RIPLEY – Ward 3 voters narrowed a five-person field to two during Tuesday’s special election to choose a new alderman, according to complete but unofficial figures.
As of 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night, Jackie Lenell McKenzie and Arnold Bullock will meet in a run-off election Tuesday, Jan. 24, since neither received a majority of the vote.
Mckenzie out-polled Bullock 70-45 Tuesday. The other candidates, and the votes they received, included Edward L.Carter, 25; Dorothy Clemmer-Turner, 11; Keith L. Storey 35.
Storey could possibly bump Bullock from the run-off depending on the results of 13 affidavit ballots scheduled to be counted Wednesday morning.
Whoever wins the run-off election later this month will serve the unexpired portion of former alderman Lonnie Smith’s term, which ends in July, 2013. Smith was in his first term when he resigned late last year.
The 188 total votes cast represented about 21.8 percent of the ward’s 844 registered voters.
The polls were open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. The final results were announced about 8 p.m. The results are expected to be certified Wednesday morning.
Election officials said the election went smoothly.