Qualifying for this fall’s Dickson municipal election is off to a slow start. As of Monday, only two petitions have been picked up in the races for four Dickson City Council seats on the Sept. 26 ballot. The Dickson County Election Commission reports that in the first two weeks since qualifying began, only Third Ward incumbent Councilman Jon “Bird” Armstrong and Jeremiah Wright of the Second Ward had picked up petitions to put their names on the ballot. Neither has returned the petition as of the start of the week. The deadline to qualify for one of the council races in each of the city’s four wards is noon June 20. The seats to be filled in the only municipal election in Dickson County for 2013 are currently held by Vice Mayor Mike Legg in the First Ward, Joey Turbeville in the Second Ward, Armstrong in the Third Ward and Mike Outlaw in the Fourth Ward. Legg is the longest-tenured member of the council having served since 1989. Turbeville was appointed in January 2012 to complete the term of Richard Arnold. Armstrong and Outlaw were elected to their first terms in 2009. A bill in the Tennessee General Assembly would allow cities to ask local election commissions to consolidate one or more polling places for city elections. It has unanimously passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House Calendar Committee. If approved and signed by the governor, the city could ask the election commission to consolidate the current four polling places for municipal elections. Dickson elections currently consist of a polling place in each ward but there has been discussion by the election commission about possibly using one central polling place for all city voters. Administrator of Elections Linda Medley said the commission is watching to see what happens with the bill in the current legislative session and if it passes it would then be up to the Dickson City Council to request the consolidation. The bill applies only to cities that hold their own elections not in conjunction with any other state or federal elections, which applies only to the city of Dickson in Dickson County.