Absentee Ballots Delayed

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Governor Haley Barbour has agreed to move a special election for Trent Lott's old senate seat close to the top of the November ballot. This has ended that ongoing dispute, but it has delayed the start of the absentee voting. As a result, printing won't take place in Lauderdale County on time.

"Every printer in the whole state has been waiting to get the green light so we can proceed with priniting absentee ballots and that also sets up the proper order for the ballot to be on our touch screen," said Donna Jill Johnson
Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk.

Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says ballots are suppose to be available Monday so residents that qualify can start absentee voting, but that won't happen and it's unclear how soon a new sample ballot will be sent to election officials.

"But of course not only with that deadline, it just added an extra problem so needless to say the ballots will not be ready on the 22nd, but hopefully by Tuesday we will have a ballot that can be obtained through the computer system that we're tied in through the Secretary of State office so if somebody has got to vote next week then we do have means to do it."

Johnson says the special election senate race between Ronnie Musgrove and Roger Wicker will now be placed below the regular senate race.

Although Monday won't be the day to vote absentee, Johnson says she does hope Monday is the day the Secretary of State's office has everything officially finalized.

A list of the Mississippi counties circuit clerk's office and phone numbers in our viewing area are below. Anyone needing to vote absentee is encouraged to contact their own county circuit clerk's office for more information.

Lauderdale County: 601-482-9731
Newton County: 601-635-2368
Neshoba County: 601-656-4781
Kemper County: 601-743-2224
Clarke County: 601-776-3397
Wayne County: 601-735-1171
Jasper County: 601-764-2245
Scot County: 601-469-3601

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