Thursday, May 18, 2006
Absentee voting starts
By SUE WATSON
Marshall County has started its absentee balloting for the June Democratic Primary Congressional Election, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
“Those who are disabled should call my office (662-252-3434) or have a family member or caregiver to call the office and ask for a ballot by mail,” Carpenter said. “The circuit clerk’s office can receive mailed ballots until June 5 at 5 p.m.”
Other voters who qualify for absentee balloting by mail include Marshall County residents serving in the United States military, students and anyone out of the county due to work, she said.
All other able-bodied voters who want to vote by absentee because they will not be in the county on election day, Tuesday, June 6, must come to the circuit clerk’s office to cast an absentee ballot. The office will be open during regular hours and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 27, and Saturday, June 3, Carpenter said.
Two races will be on the ballot, one for the position of U.S. Senator and one for U.S. Congressman.
In the Democratic Primary race, the winner will face incumbent Trent Lott in November for the U.S. Senate. Candidates for the democratic senator’s race are Bill Bowlin, Erik Fleming, James O’Keefe and Catherine M. Starr.
Bill Bambach, Joe Forsythe Jr., James K. “Ken” Hurt and Ron Shapiro are on the Democratic Primary Election ballot for Congressman. The winner will face incumbent Congressman Roger Wicker in the November election.
Two voting precincts have been changed, according to Carpenter. They are One North Holly Springs Precinct, which is moving from Holy Family School to the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Building. The Byhalia Precinct is moving to the Byhalia Fire Station Number 2, located on the north side of the railroad tracks on Highway 309 North in Byhalia.
Marshall County voters will use the new Diebold touch-screen voting machines for the first time in this election. The machines are smaller than the touch-screen voting machines the county retired in January under provisions of the Help America Vote Act.
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