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City election to take place on June 21
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Early voting for the Smithville Municipal Election began on June 1 and will continue through June 16.Citizens of the city may vote early in the basement courtroom of the courthouse from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday, and from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday.Seven people cast ballots on the first day of early voting last Wednesday, 32 people balloted onThursday, 15 on Friday, and Saturday, 20 people voting in person with two absentee ballots cast.The city election is scheduled for Tuesday, June 21.Three aldermen seats are up for grabs, and six candidates have applied to fill them.City aldermen serve a two year term. Aldermen chosen in this election will begin their term on July 1.Candidates for the positions are Shawn Jacobs, Aaron Meeks, and W.J. (Dub) White, all incumbents in the race, along with challengers Gayla Hendrix, Cordell Walker, and Danny Washer.Voters may also apply for absentee ballots for the Smithville Municipal election through June 14.According to Administrator of Elections Dennis Stanley, the requirements for absentee voting are;Absentee Voting by MailTo vote by mail, a registered voter must fall under one of the following categories:1.The voter will be outside the county of registration during the early voting period and all day on election day;2.The voter or the voter's spouse is enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited college or university outside the county of registration;3.The voter's licensed physician has filed a statement with the county election commission stating that, in the physician's judgment, the voter is medically unable to vote in person. The statement must be filed not less than five (5) days before the election and signed under the penaltyof perjury.