BY MELANIE BUCK –
A run-off election will be held on March 22nd for the position of Polk County Circuit Clerk. On March 1st, Debbie Scott pulled in 44.63% of the vote, while Michelle Schnell grabbed 31.87% and Wanda Smith 23.5%. Smith was knocked out of the three-way race while Scott and Schnell will face each other in the run-off. Voters will need to go to their normal polling stations to cast their vote for either Schnell or Scott.
Early voting began on Tuesday, March 15th and will continue through March 21st at the Polk County Office Complex on Pine Street, or the old hospital as it is also referred. Voters may cast their early votes Tuesday through Friday, the 15th – 18th and Monday, March 21st from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. each day. There will be no Saturday voting.
Either candidate will need to pull in more than 50% of the vote to win. All three candidates were on the Republican primary ticket. There are no other candidates in the run for the position on either the Democratic or Independent ticket so the run-off will be the deciding race for Polk County Circuit Clerk to take office January 1, 2017.