Election day is Tuesday; Polls open at 7 a.m. on June 7 | Local News

Candidates and election officials are urging area residents to make their voices heard in the primary election to be held on June 7. Polling stations will be open that day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Area residents can also vote by mail before then, before 5 p.m. Monday, June 6, by visiting the Clay County Auditor’s Office in Vermillion.

On the ballot this year are several measures initiated statewide. At the local level, there are candidates to be selected in four major races, including for Mayor of Vermillion, for Aldermen of Vermillion, for Vermillion School Board, and for Commissioner of Clay County.

For mayor of Vermillion, voters will choose between incumbent Kelsey Collier-Wise and challenger Jon Cole.

In the Vermillion Alderman race, it’s a choice between incumbent Katherine Price and Carson Merkwan in the Central Ward, Ryan Church and incumbent Julia Hellwege for the Northeast Ward, and Leslie Gerrish and Mike Murra for the northwest district.

Meanwhile, voters are being asked to choose two people to serve on the Vermillion School Board from a list of five candidates: Jacob Skelton, Bess Vlaisavljevich, Cynthia Hardman, Jan Berkhout and Mark Winegar.

Finally, in the contest for the Clay County Commission, Republican voters will choose up to two candidates: David Thiesse, Glenn Pulse and James Bohnsack. Democrats will choose up to two from incumbents Micheal Manning, Constance Moore-Nelsen and Geoffrey Gray-Lobe. The top voters from each party will then face off in the general election in November.

Clay County Auditor Carri Crum expects an average turnout for this election.

“For primary elections, we typically see a turnout of 20-22%,” she said.

So far around 600 people have voted using the postal voting system.

Crum reminds locals that every vote counts, especially in local races.

“We saw it a few years ago in the aldermen race between Howard Willson and Jeff Kleeman when the tie vote went to a recount and was [ultimately] decided by a lottery,” she said.

Polling locations this year are: National Guard Armory for Vermillion Residents, 4-H Center for Rural Ward 3, Wakonda Legion Hall for Rural Ward 2, and SESD Experimental Farm for Rural Ward 1.

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