Questions arise about when special election can be held
When a special election can and will be held was the topic of a discussion when the Woodford County Board of Elections met with schools Superintendent Scott Hawkins and school board members Ambrose Wilson IV and Debby Edelen on Tuesday afternoon. The meeting follows the Woodford County Board of Education’s action last Wednesday to move forward with a special election if County Clerk Sandy Jones certifies that a petition opposing a 5.5 cent facilities tax has a sufficient number of signatures. Because a special election may be required to happen during a 35- to 45-day window after Jones’s certification, the special election would then happen around the time of the upcoming primary election. This would likely cause logistical issues related to absentee ballots and having specialized voting machines for voters who are disabled, Jones said. Those questions and others were raised during Tuesday’s discussion related to state laws being in conflict with regard to when a local Board of Education can hold a special election and why a special election cannot happen in June – outside of the statutory time frame given to the local school board by its attorney, Edelen said.