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Historic Southside election starts off slow

SOUTHSIDE, AR (KAIT) -

Early voting in Southside's first-ever election is underway, but slow. 

Nineteen Southside voters cast their ballots Tuesday and 21 people hit the polls on Wednesday.

Vince Gay, who's running unopposed for one of the city council positions, said that means there's still about 800 people who have not voted. 

Gay hopes the turnout skyrockets come election day. 

"We've worked at this hard," Gay said. "It's been nearly a year since this has started. This is a monumental time for us and for our city. We would like people to get out and vote and show their support for it."

In the city's historic election, there are 2 candidates for mayor, 9 candidates vying to fill the 5 city council positions, 2 candidates for city marshal, 2 for recorder and 1 for treasurer.

The polls are open at the food pantry on Scott Drive from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every weekday until August 10.

Election Day is August 11 at the same polling location.

Southside residents are also hosting a community-wide fundraising yard sale Aug. 8 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Southside Middle School P.E. building. 

Mary Beth Bowen, another city council candidate who is running unopposed, is organizing the sale and said all of the proceeds will go toward Southside's legal and election fees. 

Anyone interested in donating can call Bowen at 251-1528 or Amelia Bowman at 613-5724 to pick up the items or drop off the items at the middle school Thursday afternoon. 

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