Absentee turnout 'as expected' across Golden Triangle

Staff Writer

As the Aug. 6 primary elections draw nearer, absentee voting is underway across the Golden Triangle.

Citizens who plan to vote absentee have until Aug. 3 to do so at their respective circuit clerk’s office. According to the website of Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, citizens may vote absentee if they cannot make it to the polls due to age, health, work demands, temporary relocation for educational purposes or affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces.

In Oktibbeha County, Deputy Circuit Clerk for Elections Sheryl Elmore said so far 129 absentee ballots had been cast in Oktibbeha County. She said she expected the number to pick up as the deadline drew nearer. There are 27,767 registered voters in Oktibbeha County.

In Clay County, Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell reported 154 absentee ballots cast as of Thursday morning. He said the number was somewhat lower than what he would expect at this point in the cycle, which he attributed to the number of unopposed candidates on the Clay County ballot. Clay County’s electorate consists of approximately 14,000 people.

Lowndes County Deputy Circuit Clerk Pat Stanley Reported 107 absentee ballots cast so far as of Thursday afternoon. She said the number seemed slightly low, but that she expected it to pick up as the deadline neared. She said Lowndes County’s electorate was approximately 41,000.

Primary voters will vote in either a Republican or Democratic Primary to narrow the field ahead of the Nov. 5 general election. Both statewide and county offices are up for election in 2019. All state offices are up for election in 2019, including the governor’s office. All county offices are also up for election, except for county court judges. County district offices up for election this year include supervisors, justice court judges and constables.