New Madrid Ward 2 voters return to polls on June 20

Friday, May 19, 2017

NEW MADRID, Mo. - The court has set the date to elect the New Madrid alderman from Ward 2.

New Madrid Ward 2 voters will be able to cast ballots from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 20 at the New Madrid County Courthouse. Candidates are Russell Riggs, Nick White and John Garner.

The election was contested after some voters in a combined polling place for New Madrid Ward 2, New Madrid 4 and New Madrid 5, incorrectly received ballots for Ward 2.

According to New Madrid County Clerk Clement Cravens, there were 19 rural voters who received the Ward 2 ballots before the error was discovered and corrected.The official vote tally gave the race to White who polled 113 votes compared to 95 for Riggs and 36 for Garner.

Cravens explained because White won by 18 votes, which was less than the 19-vote margin of error, the election was contested by Riggs. On Monday, Judge Fred Copeland heard the evidence and set the election date.

Cravens said absentee ballots are available at his office now through June 19. Voters can also call his office at 573-748-2524 to request an absentee ballot.