Expectations High for Voter Turnout

Lauderdale County, Miss. Local officials are hoping that turnout for the June 24 runoffs will be better than usual. Runoffs typically attract a lower percentage of voters than the first primary.

Only about 25 percent of Mississippi voters participated June 3. Turnout was about 22 percent in Lauderdale County.

Both runoffs Tuesday will be on most east Mississippi ballots.

Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says a little more than 900 absentee ballots were cast in Lauderdale County for the runoff election. Over a thousand absentee ballots were requested for this election.

"In a runoff people are really bad not to show up," said Johnson. "But I think with all the hype and all the interest in this particular one, I think over the state, you're going to be shocked and surprised at the turnout on the 24th."

Johnson says if you didn't vote in the first primary you can vote Tuesday in either the Republican or Democratic primary.

Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran are vying for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Douglas MacArthur Magee and Dennis Quinn are seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. House District 3.

If you did vote June 3, you can't change and vote in a different primary. So if you voted Democrat the first time, you may only vote in the Democrat runoff. If you voted Republican the first time, you may only vote Republican Tuesday. There is no crossover voting in Mississippi.

The polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.