ALBANY — Some 11,801 voters in Wards II and III are eligible to go to the polls today to determine who will represent their interests on the Albany City Commission for the next four years.
Ten precincts opened at 7 a.m. today and will remain open until 7 p.m., as incumbents Ivey Hines and Christopher Pike try to hold off the challenges of two opponents each to maintain their respective Ward II and Ward III seats. Hines is being challenged by Bobby Coleman and Demetrius Love, while Pike is facing Cheryl Calhoun and B.J. Fletcher.
The Ward V seat currently held by attorney Bob Langstaff was also up for re-election during the municipal election, but Langstaff will return to his seat without opposition.
Elections officials prepared for an expected light turnout in Precincts 1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 24 after only slightly more than 2 percent of eligible voters (181 in person and 58 absentee) took advantage of a three-week early voting period that ended Friday.
The six candidates will be attempting to earn a clear majority of the votes cast in the election. If none is able to do so, a runoff between the top two vote-getters is scheduled for Dec. 3.
While almost 50 election workers and volunteers will oversee today’s election, results will not be official until they have been certified by the Albany-Dougherty County Board of Registration and Elections. That group has called a special meeting at 3 p.m. Friday for that purpose.
Get election results from the 10 precincts in real time at www.albanyherald.com.