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TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2007

Trial may impact
absentee balloting

ATHENS — The mental competency and possible capital murder trial of Farron Barksdale means you need to get absentee ballots early.

There is a special election Aug. 14.

Athens voters will decide whether to repeal alcohol sales and whether to increase the sales tax by 1 cent. Limestone County voters will vote only on the sales tax.

Circuit Court Clerk Charles Page said the deadline to get an absentee ballot is Aug. 9.

If Barksdale is found competent to stand trial, jury selection for the capital murder trial will start Aug. 6.

“That’s going to take up a lot of our time, and the courthouse is going to be crowded and busy,” Page said. “It would be better for people who know they’ll be gone, to get their ballots this week.”

Page’s office is on the bottom floor of the courthouse. So far, about 50 voters have requested absentee ballots, and Page said 99 percent of those live in the city.

- Holly Hollman

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