Thursday, June 30, 2011
Register to vote by July 2
By SUE WATSON
The last chance to register to vote in the August 2 primary elections is noon Saturday, July 2, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
Anyone not registered to vote in Marshall County must register by Saturday at the circuit clerk’s office if he or she expects to vote in the party primaries.
There will be two party ballots during the primary elections – Republican and Democratic. Most all local candidates are listed as Democrats.
State elections will be a mixed bag of Democratic and Republican contenders. Their names will be on their respective party ballots in August.
Individuals who vote the Democratic ticket on August 2 must also vote the Democratic ticket in the August 23 run-off of party candidates. Those who vote the Republican ticket on August 2 may only vote the Republican ticket if there is a run-off in the Republican Party on August 23, Carpenter said.
Then the candidates who win their primary races will all run together on a single ballot in the November 8 general election. In the general election each major party will have its primary winner in each race facing an opponent in the opposite major party and also going against any Independent Party or minor party candidates on November 8. Minor party and Independent Party candidates do not have their names on the ballot until the general election in November.
In the November general election, a person can vote for any candidate, whether the candidate is running as a Republican, as a Democrat or as an Independent or minor party candidate.
In summary, Mississippi law does not require voter registration by political party. Voters must choose a party ballot only in the August primary elections.
Once they choose a party ticket on August 8, they must vote the same party ballot in the August 23 run-off election. All candidates who win their primary elections or who are running unopposed will have their names and offices listed on the November ballot.
Anyone having questions about the registration process or the elections may call Carpenter at the circuit clerk’s office at 662-252-3434, for further explanations.
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