Voter Turnout Light

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Turnout was sparse statewide Tuesday as Mississippians voted in an already-decided Democratic presidential primary and two Republican congressional races.

U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, had campaigned in Jackson over the weekend, but spent much of Tuesday in Florida. President Bush is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

For congressional races in Districts 2 and 4, runoffs would be Mar. 30, if necessary.

Tuesday's election marked the first time for an identification requirement for some Mississippi voters. Those who registered by mail after Jan. 1, 2003, who have not voted in a federal election and whose identity has not been independently verified, were required to show ID at the polls.

Military and overseas voters, as well as senior citizens and the disabled, were exempt.