Election Day 2013

Election Day 2013

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Stimpson and Jones signs outside polling place Stimpson and Jones signs outside polling place
Voters at Mobile Museum of Art Voters at Mobile Museum of Art
Figures Park is the largest precinct in Mobile Figures Park is the largest precinct in Mobile
Sandy Stimpson and his wife voting Sandy Stimpson and his wife voting
MOBILE, Ala. -

UPDATE 8:20 PM: Sandy Stimpson elected as Mayor of Mobile.

UPDATE 7:55 PM - Unofficial vote totals show Sandy Stimpon is the WINNER in the race for Mayor of Mobile.

UPDATE 7:52 PM - John Williams WINS reelection -  Mobile City Council - District 4.

UPDATE: 7:50 PM - C.J. Small WINS reelection - Mobile City Council - District 3.UPDATE 7:45PM - Polls officially closed at 7 PM. The latest unofficial vote totals are shown above. Coverage is also on the air each half-hour on WKRG-TV, News 5.

 

After months of intense campaigning, voters in Mobile are turning out to elect the city's next mayor.

Three candidates are on the ballot. Underdog, Dr. Doris Brown, incumbent Sam Jones, and his top challenger, Sandy Stimpson.

A 40% voter turnout is expected Tuesday. But, Political Editor George Talbot says turnout has been so strong, we could see that climb up to a %50 turnout.

"And that could be huge," says Talbot.

But, it's still early in the election. Talbot reminds us, "Just like in track, you have to run through the tape, not to the tape."

Turnout at the Mobile Museum of Art has been heavy all day.  News 5’s Devon Walsh talked to one of the poll workers, whose eyes were practically glazed over from looking at the voter name list for the last four hours. Workers said the line had been out the door all day long.  The voting process at the Museum took mere seconds, with only one race on the ballot.   

The only confusion was the detour, getting to the Museum. Part of Museum Drive is closed due to road work. Drivers need to enter from the Springhill Avenue entrance. Drivers trying to get to the Museum via Gilliard Drive, or from University Boulevard, will need to take Zeigler Blvd., to Springhill Avenue, and then turn on Museum Drive.  Candidate Sandy Stimpson and his wife cast their ballots right when the polls opened at the Museum of Art at 7 a.m.

Elsewhere in the city, voter turnout has been varied with some precincts reporting a steady to moderate line of voters throughout the morning hours. At the same time, there were also reports of several locations where the crowds were lighter with voters experiencing no delays at all in casting their ballots.

One common aspect of today's voting is the plethora of campaign signs which can be seen outside every voting precinct touting the various candidates for mayor. In 3 of the voting districts, other signs are posted as voters in those locations cast ballots for their representative on the Mobile City Council.  

This mayoral race has been contentious, with Jones getting union backing and Stimpson picking up endorsements from business-related groups.

Mayor Jones's campaign has been all about progress. He's continuously reminded Mobilians how he's brought jobs to the city, as well as kept the city from drowning in hard economic times. Jones is expected to cast his ballot around 11 Tuesday morning.

Stimpson promises to unite Mobile as one, bring more jobs to the city, as well as tackle the city's crime rate. Stimpson and his wife voted early Tuesday morning at the Mobile Museum of Art.

Dr. Brown's campaign has pushed bringing more entertainment to the city, including a hockey team. Brown voted at 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7 p.m. Absentee ballots were counted beginning at noon. There were reported issues regarding absentee ballots. Some reported when they arrived to cast their ballot, they were told they had already voted.

News 5 spoke with city clerk, Lisa Lambert regarding the reports. Lambert says she has only heard of one time this incident occured. According to Lambert, a father and son in the city have the same name. When the son showed up to his polling place to cast his vote, he was told he'd already voted. It turns out, it was his father who had voted via absentee ballot, and the son was allowed to vote.

Stay tuned to News 5 for complete election coverage.

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