Thursday, September 30, 2010
Deadline to register Saturday at 12 noon
By SUE WATSON
Anyone who is not registered to vote, must do so by October 3 if they want to vote in the November 2 general election. Since October 3 is on a Sunday, the last opportunity to register in person will be this Saturday, October 2, at the circuit clerk’s office which will be open from 8 a.m.-12 p.m., according to Lucy Carpenter, circuit clerk of Marshall County.
Voters who wish to register by mail can get forms at the circuit clerk’s office. They must be postmarked by Saturday, October 2, in order for the person to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election. The deadline for military personnel to register to vote in the November 2 election is October 23 – 10 days before the election.
Voter registration forms are also available on the “Elections” portion of the secretary of state’s website at www.sos.ms.gov. The form can be filled out and printed out and carried or mailed to the circuit clerk’s office. The voter registration form may also be downloaded from the Marshall County website (www.marshallcoms.org). After filling out the form it can be mailed to P.O. Box 459, Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635 as shown on the voter application.
Anyone who has moved since the last election should notify the circuit clerk’s office (662-252-3434) to see which precinct they should go to to vote. Others who may be registered to vote in Marshall County, but who have never voted, may also visit www.marshallcoms.org to find where to go to vote, or to practice voting, Carpenter said.
Anyone who does not know if they are registered to vote or where they should go to vote can contact the circuit clerk’s office for more information.
Certain registered voters may vote now by absentee ballot in person at the circuit clerk’s office or by mail. Students, military personnel, the disabled and anyone who will be away from the voting polls on election day may vote absentee, Carpenter said.
“If they live in the county and will be out of the county on election day, they must vote absentee ballot at the courthouse,” she said.
Military personnel, students, and the disabled my vote absentee ballot by mail and should call the circuit clerk’s office to obtain an absentee ballot.
Instructions for absentee balloting are on the envelope and must be followed to the “T” or the ballot will not be counted, Carpenter said.
Of particular note is the instruction written in red print indicating the voter must sign the envelope outside across the flap, she said. The signature across the flap is a safe guard against ballot tampering, Carpenter said.
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