Primary election scheduled TuesdayBy CLAY MCFERRIN,
The long, hot election season reaches its first finish line Tuesday with the Democratic and Republican primaries.
The polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Aug. 6 at all voting precincts. Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot.
Appearing on local ballots will be statewide, state district, legislative, county and county district offices ranging from governor to sheriff and supervisor. Tallahatchie County Democratic and Republican composite ballots are printed inside on page 15.
Races with no cross-party or independent opposition will be settled Tuesday. In others, party nominees will be selected for an ultimate showdown in November.
Should no candidate garner a majority of the vote in any race on Tuesday, the top two vote-getters in that race will advance to an Aug. 27 runoff.
Meanwhile, absentee voting for Tuesday’s primary election is still ongoing. The in-person absentee voting deadline is Saturday, Aug. 3. The Tallahatchie County circuit clerk’s offices in Charleston and Sumner will be open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday.
The deadline to vote an absentee ballot by mail is Monday, Aug. 5, when circuit clerk’s offices must be in actual receipt of the absentee ballot by 5 p.m.
The Mississippi secretary of state’s office announced Tuesday that it will have observers in precincts across the state.
Any problems at the polls observed by state observers or otherwise reported to the secretary of state’s Elections Division “will be referred to the authorities, including the attorney general’s office or appropriate district attorney’s office,” as the secretary of state’s office has no enforcement authority to resolve them, a press release noted.
If a Tallahatchie County registered voter is uncertain where they are supposed to vote, they may contact the circuit clerk’s office in Charleston at 647-8758 or in Sumner at 375-8515. A polling place locator is available on the secretary of state’s website at www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace. There, a voter may enter a home address to receive their polling place location, a map with driving directions to the polling place and a sample ballot for their precinct.
All voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. A voter without an acceptable form of photo ID is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot, which may be counted if the voter provides an acceptable form of voter ID to the circuit clerk’s office within five business days after the election. For details, visit www.msvoterid.ms.gov.
In other election notes:
» It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property.
» Polling places should be clear for 30 feet from every entrance of all people except elections officials, voters coming and going, or authorized poll watchers.
» Voters may not take a photo of their marked ballot.
IN THE PHOTO: Clockwise from top left, Tallahatchie County Democratic Executive Committee member Richard Gipson, District 1 Election Commissioner Kelly Standard and Circuit Clerk Daphane Neal Tuesday perform logic and accuracy testing on Diebold TSx touch-screen voting machines that will be used in the Aug. 6 primaries. (Photo by Clay McFerrin)