Mississippi's General Election Tuesday

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Officials say there will be 300 poll workers in Lauderdale County on Tuesday. Preparations were finalized on Monday, as boxes were sent out to each precinct.

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Election officials say they are working extremely hard to make tomorrow a trouble-free election. Unfortunately, we don't live a perfect world and there will be likely be glitches officials can't control.

There were printer problems with the touch-screen voting machines during the primaries. Officials say they hope that won't be the case Tuesday.

Election Commission chairman Ann Watts said officials know a lot is at stake with important races like the governor's race and the last thing they want is discrepancy with votes.

"I'm not worried about votes being lost," said Watts, "That's something I feel very confident about. That every vote that is cast will be counted, from absentees to somebody happens to vote curbside."

Mississippi secretary of state, Eric Clark, said Monday he expects the second highest turnout for a state election on Tuesday. He says the statewide races have really garnered a lot of interest and will drive how many voters to show up at the polls.

"We elect the people who make our state laws and our county laws and pave our roads and decide how much taxes we're going to pay and you need to be a part of picking good people tomorrow," Clark said. "You need to do your homework and get ready and know who's on the ballot, and know who you're going to vote for. And then go in there and be a part of making our Democracy function."

Clark said the only year with a higher turnout than he anticipates on Tuesday was four years ago in 2003 when the governor's election was more hotly contested compared to this year.

Clark said his office was contacted by the U.S. Department of Justice and federal observers will be in four counties, Wilkinson, Humphries, Leflore and Jeff Davis counties during voting. He said the justice department did not tell him for what officials will be looking.

Jon Kalahar contributed to this report.

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