Candidates Prepare for Election Day

The night before Meridian's municipal elections, the two candidates for mayor
are making a push to the finish line.

Republican Cheri Barry held a rally late Monday afternoon at Dumont Plaza
where she received the endorsement of Gov. Haley Barbour and Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, both Republicans.

Democrat Percy Bland also had an election eve rally at Fifth Street Baptist Church.

Both candidates have run well-organized campaigns, and say turnout Tuesday is the key to winning. Voter turnout in the primaries was very low. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. statewide Tuesday.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is urging all Mississippians to head to the polls on Tuesday if their municipality has a general election.

“I am very disappointed in the low number of Mississippians who cast their ballot in the municipal primary,” said Hosemann. “Voting is your most important right and many people are risking their lives today so you can have the privilege of choosing your representation."

Hosemann said preliminary numbers show a low voter turnout across the state. He said one in four eligible voters actually cast their ballot in the primaries May 5.

Hosemann's office will be observing in the municipalities of: Arcola, Como,
Pace, Greenwood, Bay St. Louis, Fayette, Shannon, Booneville, Meridian, Verona, Brookhaven, Metcalf, Vicksburg, Clarksdale, Ocean Springs , and Wiggins.

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