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History Monday: Election 2020 Different from Past Ones
By Mike Watson
The election on this pandemic year, 2020, is far removed from previous contests. I am not referring to the issues, but to the physical process of casting a ballot. We all know that voting started early with mail-in ballots and in-person voting at the Courthouse Annex. I believe we all yearn for the 'good old days' when election day was a big event for those who followed the process.
A look at the past: Election Officers, 1942--
The Adair County Election Commissioners in 1942 were: H.H. Allen, Bert Harper, Sheriff H.B. Taylor, and County Clerk W.E. Harris. The primary in those days fell in August, in 1942 on August 1st. This election was the first time there were thirty precincts in Adair instead of the regular twenty-nine. South Columbia had more registered voters than the rules allowed, so No. 1 and No. 2 were created. SC1 voters were to vote in the regular place, H.T. Walker's shop; and SC2 voters would cast ballots at T.A. Furkin's store near the Grade School.
The following is a list of voting precincts and election officers--naming the clerk first, judges second, sheriff last:
For the statisticians:
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