Among those participating in an Oct. 26 forum at the downtown Law Enforcement Center were, from left, Ward II candidates Demetrius Love and Ivey Hines, emcee and Dougherty School Board member Darrel Ealum, host and Ward I City Commissioner Jon Howard, and Ward III candidates B.J. Fletcher, Cheryl Calhoun and Christopher Pike. (Staff photo: Carlton Fletcher)
ALBANY — When it comes to elections in America, it’s all about the numbers. From qualifying dates to candidate fees to polling numbers to war chest contributions to hours spent campaigning, the bottom line can be summed up in the ones, twos, threes and so on that tell the tale of the tape.
After the six candidates vying for two contested seats on the Albany City Commission in Tuesday’s municipal election go to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots — presumably for themselves — they’ll start the process of looking at the numbers.
Among those of interest to the candidates:
II, III: The city’s wards that will be decided in Tuesday’s vote.
6: The number of candidates seeking the two seats, including challengers B.J. Fletcher and Cheryl Calhoun in Ward III and Demetrius Love and Bobby Coleman in Ward II. Those candidates will be trying to unseat incumbents Christopher Pike (III) and Ivey Hines (II).
5,550: The number of registered voters in Ward II.
6,251: Registered voters in Ward III.
5: Number of precincts at which Ward II voters will cast their ballots, including Precincts 1 (Palmyra Methodist Church), 2 (Sherwood Elementary School), 15 (Phoebe Education Building), 17 (Jackson Heights Elementary School), 24 (Albany Middle School).
7: Precincts at which Ward III voters will cast their ballots, including 2 (Sherwood Elementary), 3 (Covenant Presbyterian Church), 6 (Merry Acres Middle School), 12 (Carver Teen Center), 13 (Shiloh Baptist Church), 14 (Litman Cathedral), 15 (Phoebe Education Building).
2: Number of split precincts that include parts of both Wards II and III (Precincts 2 and 15).
50 percent plus 1: Vote total of those cast needed to win a commission seat outright.
12/3/2013: Date for a runoff election if there is one.
7 (a.m.-p.m.): Times that polls will be open in the 10 precincts.
6: Total number of years served by incumbent commissioners seeking re-election (4 for Pike, 2 for Hines).
0: Total number of years in elected office held by the four challengers.
4: Full term (in years) of each commission seat.
7: Members of the Albany City Commission, including representatives from six wards and the mayor.
176: Number of ballots cast during the 3-week early voting period.
101: Number of absentee ballots requested and mailed out by the Elections office.
58: Number of absentee ballots returned to the Elections office by Friday.
11,801: Number of registered Ward II and III voters eligible to participate in Tuesday’s election.
0.02: Percentage of eligible voters who cast ballots during the early voting period.
10 a.m., 5 p.m.: Times today that the rebroadcast of a candidate forum held at Darton State College Oct. 29 will be shown on the Darton/Albany state University cable access Channel 19.
36: Workers/volunteers who will be on hand at the 10 precincts during the election.
3: Workers/volunteers who will process absentee ballots once polls close.
3: Ballot review panel members on hand to oversee the election-night process.
5: Elections officials — 3 full-time (Supervisor Ginger Nickerson, Sharon Armbrust, Tekita Honer) and 2 part-time — who will manage the election.
(229) 431-3247: Phone number of Elections office for last-minute questions.
While numbers crunchers and metricians could have a field day with all the digits associated with Tuesday’s election, there will be only one number that matters to the six candidates who have spent the last several weeks campaigning: The vote totals when the polls close at 7 p.m. Those numbers, it’s safe to say, will play a huge role in Albany’s future.