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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  • by Jerry Location: Valley Road, Meridian on Jun 2, 2009 at 11:14 AM
    Vote for Cheri Barry, because she genuinely cares about the well being of all people.
  • by Vote for Percy Bland on Jun 2, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    Vote for Percy Bland. He is someone who all people can relate to. Percy is a good person.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2009 at 09:11 AM
    It is not illegal, at least not in Mississippi, to run political ads on election day.
  • by observer Location: meridian on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:50 AM
    Percy doesn't think the laws are for him.
  • by Maurice L Location: Meridian on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:13 AM
    I thought it was illeagle to runn ads on election day Percy. Loretta, you may not be a clown but your are ignorant. Voting in Meridian for city elections or voting outside of your district is called votor fraud. Something that had been overlooked since the presidental election.
  • by Kay Location: Meridian on Jun 1, 2009 at 08:39 PM
    I thought it was against the law for a church to host a political rally in favor of one candidate or party.
  • by Loretta on Jun 1, 2009 at 03:20 PM
    I watch Republican Cheri Barry on sunday evening(on wtok)I never seen a clown running for mayor.Im wanting to know one thing CHERI..what do the mayor race have to do with Mr.Percy Bland voting in Meridian,but staying in Marion?? you sounded like the clown you look like(right thumb up OLD lady)
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