KENNEWICK -- Election of two seats on the board of the Kennewick Irrigation District will be decided by voters casting ballots today at the district office in Kennewick.
KID ratepayers can vote between 1 and 8 p.m. at 12 W. Kennewick Ave., or return their absentee ballots to the district business office by 8 p.m. today.
Voters who mail their absentee ballots must have them postmarked before midnight today and received within five days.
Each owner of a property up to five acres in size will have two votes, while owners of larger parcels will be allowed two votes for each five-acre unit. For example, a half-acre parcel will have two votes, while a 100-acre parcel will have 40 votes.
James Wade and John Blanco are challenging incumbent Patrick McGuire for position 2, while Richard McAloon is running for position 5 against incumbent Gene Huffman.
McGuire and Huffman were elected to unexpired positions last year, so they have to run again to be returned to new three-year terms on the board.
There are about 25,000 parcels in the 56,000-acre district, and more than 63,000 potential votes, said Beth Smith, KID's information officer. But only 48,000 of those acres are voting acres. The 8,000-acre discrepancy is because of inconsistencies between KID and Benton County records, she said.
Most of the potential votes -- 47,000 -- are held by the approximately 24,000 owners of parcels less than five acres in size, Smith said, while just under 1,000 people who own about 35,000 acres control the remaining 15,000 votes.
Last year's election, which had three races, saw a total of 6,312 votes cast. That indicated a voter turnout of no greater than 1,100 voters casting no more than two votes each. It could be less because owners of larger parcels would have more votes.
A precise voter turnout from last year was not available from KID.
A Herald story about the candidates can be found by searching for "KID incumbents face challengers" at www.tricityherald.com.
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