High turnout expected for city election

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Clovis City Clerk Leighann Melancon believes a combination of contested commissioner and mayoral races and a petition for Sunday alcohol sales will draw more voters to polling places in the March 4 municipal election compared to recent years.

“Unless there was a question or something else that affected them, I think people just didn’t have the interest,” she said. “Now that they’ve got two candidates possibly as a commissioner or six as a mayor, they have more out there so they have more of a reason to go and vote.”

According to the County Clerk’s office, there are 15,779 registered voters, which 623 fewer than the last municipal election in 2006.

The deadline to register as a voter was Friday.

While there were more registered voters in 2006, only 6.73 percent voted.

Melancon said the clerk’s office is receiving more requests for absentee ballots compared to the 2006 election — 131 this year compared to 21 two years ago.