Thursday, September 28, 2006
Voter registration deadline nears; election Nov. 7
By BARRY BURLESON
Persons not registered to vote must do so by October 7 if they want to participate in the Tuesday, Nov. 7, general election.
All those registering in person must do so by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. The Marshall County circuit clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the courthouse in Holly Springs. All voter registration forms received by mail must be postmarked no later than Saturday, Oct. 7.
The new satellite tax collector’s office in District 3 near Byhalia also has voter registration applications, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
“They can be filled out and left there, and the same deadline is in place,” Carpenter said.
The satellite tax office is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
Races of local interest on the ballot include one Marshall County school board position (District 3), circuit court judge (District 3, Place 2, Position 2), U.S. senator and U.S. representative.
Running for the school board seat are Felicia Anderson-Harvell and Janice Wagg. Incumbent Pat Woods is not seeking re-election.
Another school board position in District 4 was set to be on the ballot, but no one qualified to run. Incumbent Queen Dean decided not to seek re-election.
Carpenter said the Marshall County School Board will have to appoint someone in January to fill the District 4 seat until a special election in November 2007.
Don Randolph, superintendent of education, said often those qualified people considering a position on the school board don’t want to get involved in a political situation.
“I’m confident the board will select a good person as far as the appointee (in District 4),” Randolph said.
Running for circuit judge, Third District, are Shirley Byers, Robert W. Elliott and Kent E. Smith.
Candidates for U.S. senator are Erik R. Fleming, incumbent Trent Lott and Harold M. Taylor.
Candidates for U.S. representative are James K. (Ken) Hurt and incumbent Roger F. Wicker.
There are a few other races on the ballot, with unopposed candidates. An announcement concerning absentee voting will come later.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 7. For more information on the upcoming election visit the secretary of state’s website at sos.state.ms.us.
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