Mississippi Primaries Coming Soon

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

With less than two weeks until the primaries, Mississippi election officials are preparing for them.

Absentee voting started last Friday and this week brought poll worker training.

The Lauderdale County election commissioners train about 100 poll workers each session. With 54 precincts in the county, there are over 400 poll workers each election.

Election commission chair Ann Watts says those dreaded computer issues in the circuit clerk's office could create a problem for some voters. Watts says voters who might call in to find their precinct may not be able to receive that information because the computers could freeze up. But she says it won't affect the voting process.

"And I do want to assure the general public that the security and the integrity of the election and also the counting of the ballots. These computers do not affect that at all," Watts said.

The primary ballot includes candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the hotly-contested presidental race.

There are candidates on the ballot who are longer in the race. For example, John Edwards on the Democratic side and Mitt Romney on the Republican side. Election officials say they are required by law to list all of the candidates, but they want voters to be aware of this so they will not 'waste' their votes on candidates who cannot win the election.

"A lot of people say, oh my vote won't count," said Watts. "That one vote has put many a person in office so that one vote does count."

The deadline has passed to register to vote for this primary election, but you still have time to register to vote for the general election in November. The primary election will take place Mar. 11.


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