Election nears; absentee voting rises
Election Day arrives next week, and absentee ballots continue to rise.
As of 11:25 Monday morning, the absentee count was at 1,725, according to Marshall County Circuit Clerk Monet Autry.
“It’s new record for Marshall County, according to our information,” she said.
The previous record was in the 1,200 range, she said.
Absentee ballots that have been mailed to voters have to be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3. Ballots that are postmarked by November 3 will be counted if received in the circuit clerk’s office by November 9.
Persons can vote by absentee ballot in the circuit clerk’s office from 8 a.m. To 5 p.m. The rest of this week. The office will also be open Saturday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. To 5 p.m. The last day to vote absentee in the circuit clerk’s office is October 31. The General Election is Tuesday, Nov. 3, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. To 7 p.m.
Autry is also making the public aware of a precinct location change for 2 North Cayce to Royal Chapel CME Church.
“The signs have been placed there for the November 3 election,” she said.
The ballot includes choices for President of the United States, United States Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and Mississippi Supreme Court Justice.
Contested, local races on the ballot include Election Commissioners in Districts 1, 2 and 4, plus County School Board District 5.
There are also three statewide issues on the ballot. One is the question of whether to legalize medical marijuana. Another is whether to eliminate an electoral college provision in races for governor and other statewide offices. The third is a “yes” or “no” vote on a recommended design for a new Mississippi flag.
For a sample ballot for next week’s election, see page 10.