Election Officials Discuss the Upcoming Election On the Record

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With the election just a few weeks away, most of the focus is on the Presidential race, but as Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson reminds us, there are several other races on the ballot that many people don't think about.

"We have the Senate, the House of Representatives, two judges in our district on the state level, and you have Election Commissioners."

Many voting precinct have either been merged together, or had their voting location changed for this election. Your precinct number and poll location is on your voter ID card. If you live in one of the affected districts, you should have received a card with updated information.

"Please if you did not get a card and you still live there and you did not get your voter registration card please contact us. Our number is 601-482-9809," said District 3 Elections Commissioner Awana Daniels Simmons.

Many states have early voting, and that has allowed some US residents to go ahead and cast their vote. Mississippi is not one of those states. Mississippi has absentee voting, so if you know that you will not be able to vote at your poll location in person on November 6th because for example you're going to be out of town, having surgery, or a college student that will not be able to make it back home, there are some steps you need to take.

"All Circuit Clerk offices are overwhelmed right now, so we ask you to look at that date and if you need to vote absentee, come down to the circuit clerk's office now and let's handle that process."

If you aren't sure if your precinct has changed, you are encouraged to call the circuit clerk's office in your county.