Ten. That's the number of days left until the big election, and between students, people who work long shifts, and those who plan on being out of town on November 6th, that's a lot of people who otherwise wouldn't be able to vote if it wasn't for absentee ballots. First time voter Ever Shields, a student at Southern Miss, cast her ballot at the Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk's Office today because that's the only time she could.
"I'm not in Meridian right now. I'm a student in Hattiesburg and I come into town every weekend so I just came in early to vote."
All 82 Mississippi Circuit Clerk Offices were open this morning to accommodate those who need to vote absentee and can't make it to the office during normal business hours. Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says that they were pleased with the large turnout today.
"We had 86 people to take advantage of that. The majority of that was college students, we had some truck drivers, and people that work shiftwork."
With Hurricane Sandy forecasted to make landfall along the East Coast next week, that has disaster responders as far away as here in the Twin States wondering if they'll be home to vote on the 6th.
"We have already had a lot of people notified that they are going to be on the emergency standby for the weather for the power company, so we had a lot of power company employees to come by and we also had a lot of Red Cross Volunteers, so we're glad they showed up."
If you need to vote absentee you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to avoid long lines.