PITTSFIELD -- A light turnout is expected for a preliminary election Tuesday that will choose finalists for the Ward 1 and Ward 3 City Council races.
Three candidates are facing off in Ward 1 and four in Ward 3. The preliminary election, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in just those two wards, will select two finalists in each race for the Nov. 5 city ballot.
City Clerk Linda Tyer said Friday that, based on the number of absentee ballots her office has received, turnout Tuesday might be around 10 percent of the 8,376 eligible voters.
However, she added that that could change as voters in the two wards consider the opportunity they have to choose their local representative on the council.
Running in the Ward 1 race are incumbent Christine Yon and challengers Tammy Ives and Lisa Tully.
In Ward 3, there is no incumbent as Paul Capitanio is not seeking re-election. Facing off are Richard Latura, Nicholas Caccamo, Jeffrey Germann and Thomas Wells Jr.
Tyer said there still is time to vote by absentee ballot if they are applied for at her office by Monday at noon.
On Tuesday, she said, voting in Ward 1 will be at Reid Middle School for both Precincts 1 and 2.
In Ward 3, Precinct 3A voters will cast ballots at Providence Court and 3B voters at Egremont School.
The clerk said she expects to have final results around 8:30 p.m.
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