City officials say they are making sure everything is in place and ready for Tuesday's general election in Meridian.
Sixteen voting boxes are packed with material for voters. Officials expect a larger voter turnout this election, as compared to the primaries, because there are several hotly contested races for the city of Meridian.
It will be the end of an era and a new beginning for the administration. John Robert Smith, mayor since winning the office in 1993, did not seek re-election. All eyes are on the mayoral race between Republican candidate Cheri Barry and Democratic candidate Percy Bland.
Two city council seats are up for grabs. In Ward 3, long-time councilwoman Barbara Henson is being challenged by Randle Jennings. In Ward 5, Republican candidate Bobby Smith is challenging councilman John Harris who is also running for the House District 82 seat. Wards 1, 2 and 4 are uncontested in the general election.
Meridian City Clerk Ed Skipper, who has been doing a lot of legwork, says besides encouraging people to get out and vote, he also advises voters to check their voter registration cars for the correct precinct.
"We have 16 precincts for municipal elections, and we need to check and be sure the voter goes to the right precinct," Skipper said. "Because some people in the city of Meridian vote in one precinct for county election and another precinct for city election."
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