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Fairfield voters to select next mayor in run-off election

Connie Boyer
Connie Boyer
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FAIRFIELD — Fairfield residents are in for a bout of déjà vu.

About 2,200 people voted in the city’s mayoral race in November, and they’ll have a chance to vote for that very same race on Tuesday, Dec. 3. The three-way race was between Michael Halley, Connie Boyer and Ed Noyes. Halley received 1,055 votes, good for 47.6 percent, to Boyer’s 883 votes (39.8 percent) and Noyes’s 277 votes (12.5 percent).

Since no candidate won a majority of the votes, city code requires that the top two vote-getters — Halley and Boyer in this case — compete in a run-off election. The run-off election will be only for the mayor’s race, and Boyer and Halley will be the only two options on the ballot. Whoever wins will assume the office held by Ed Malloy for the past 18 years.

Rules for the run-off election are the same as those for the regular election in November. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 3.

The city’s five polling places are:

First Ward — Fairfield High School Auditorium Lobby

Second Ward — Former Lincoln Elementary School

Third Ward — Nazarene Family Center

Fourth Ward — Jefferson County Courthouse

Fifth Ward — Pence Elementary School

Those who are unsure of their polling place may contact the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office at 641-472-2840, or by email at auditor@jeffersoncountyia.com.

Voters may cast an absentee ballot by voting early at the Jefferson County Courthouse during its normal business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, now through Election Day. The courthouse will be closed for voting on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28-29. On Monday, Dec. 2, the courthouse will remain open 30 minutes later than usual, until 5 p.m.

Registration

Preregistered voters are required to provide an approved form of identification at the polling place before receiving and casting a regular ballot. Voters who are not preregistered — such as voters registering to vote on Election Day — and voters changing precincts must also provide proof of residence. A voter who is unable to provide an approved form of identification (or prove residence if required): 1) may have the voter’s identity/residence attested to by another registered voter in the precinct, 2) prove identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents, or 3) cast a provisional ballot and provide proof of identity/residence at the county auditor’s office by noon on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

Election Day Registrant attesters must provide an approved form of identification. For additional information about providing proof of identity and/or residence visit: https://sos.iowa.gov/voterid or call the auditor’s office at 641-472-2840.

Any voter who is physically unable to enter a polling place has the right to vote in the voter’s vehicle. Any voter may declare upon oath that the voter is blind, has an inability to read or write, or is, by any reason of physical disability other than intoxication, unable to cast a vote without assistance. The voter may request assistance from a precinct election official or anyone in the polling place except the voter’s employer, employer’s agent, or an officer or agent of the voter’s union.