Thursday, June 9, 2011
Register to vote by July 2
By SUE WATSON
The August 2 primary elections are around the corner and the last day to register to vote in the primaries is Saturday, July 2, by noon, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
Democratic candidates will be on the Democratic ballot and Republican candidates on the Republican ballot, both ballots available at the each voting precinct on August 2. Individuals who vote in a party primary must vote the same party for the August 23 primary election run-off, if there are any run-off candidates on either ballot.
Active voters who have voted in recent elections will be listed in their voting precinct poll books. Individuals who have not voted in recent statewide elections should call the circuit clerk’s office at 662-252-3434 and ask about their status, Carpenter said. New residents to the county should register with the circuit clerk’s office by July 2, to vote in the primary elections.
Anyone who has moved to another location in the county should also check with the circuit clerk’s office to update their address status and to verify the correct voting precinct for the new address.
Carpenter said she recommends voters who have moved within the county to update their new address, rather than going on primary election day to the old precinct and risking having to vote by affidavit ballot. If the new address is updated, the voter’s name will be on the correct precinct poll book by election day.
Any voter who is uncertain about his/her status, or where to go to vote, is encouraged to call the circuit clerk’s office to make sure of their status and correct precinct.
Voters may visit the county’s website – www.marshallcoms.org – to practice voting on the voting machine, to enter their address to see where to vote, to download a copy of a voter registration application, and to see a list of certified candidates for all offices. Legislative candidates lists will be updated on the website.
Senate and House districts and candidates who are listed as qualified on the Secretary of State’s website are as follows:
• Senate, District 2 (incumbent Bill Stone) covers all of Marshall and Benton counties and a portion of Tippah County. Candidates are Michael Cobb (R), Henry Boyd Jr. (D) and Stone (D).
• Representative District 5 (incumbent Kelvin Buck) covers a large portion of Marshall County and a small portion of Benton County. Buck has no opponents.
• Representative District 52 (incumbent Tommy Woods) covers parts of Marshall and DeSoto counties. Woods has no opponents.
• Representative District 13 (incumbent Jack Gadd is not seeking re-election) covers parts of Marshall and Benton counties, a portion of Tippah County, a little of Union County and a little of Lafayette County near Abbeville. Candidates are Steve E. Massengill (R), Billy B. Gray (D), Jeff King (D), Don Randolph (D), Steve Shaw (D) and Bobby Watson (D).
Anyone who has an emergency, for instance a person serving in the military away from the county, may request a printout of a non-scannable ballot and can vote early at the circuit clerk’s office by Monday, June 20, Carpenter said.
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