South Carolina is currently front and center in the presidential primary process. Its primary is set for Saturday, and the Republican candidates are all there looking for votes.
By the time the presidential race makes it to Mississippi and Alabama in two months, the GOP race could already be a virtual done deal. But local election officials say they hope not.
Just a few weeks to go now until Mississippi and Alabama voters head back to the polls. The presidential primaries are set for March 13.
"Right now, we are in the sort of pre-planning stages of the primaries, which will include the presidential primaries and the congressional primaries," said Lauderdale County Election Commissioner Rod Amos. "And we're still trying to collect data to figure out where we go from here."
Amos says turnout for the 2008 presidential election was high and that he and other election commissioners are hoping the same will ring true this year. But he says voters should be careful when voting, because some of the candidates could possibly withdraw from the race before Mar. 13.
"So, the names could appear on the ballot even though they withdraw before the primary," Amos said. "So, you sort of have to be cautious in seeing who's still in the race when the actual election time comes."
Officials also remind you that in order for your vote to count, you must vote in your correct precinct.
"They can take a look at their voter card and make sure where they live now is the same address as listed on their voter card," said Lauderdale County Election Commissioner Wallace Heggie. "If not, they need to come down to the circuit clerk's office and get that information changed."
"We're trying to help the parties get things together and get the election on the way so things run smoothly," said Lauderdale County Election Commissioner Awana Simmons. "That's what we want, good turnout. So, y'all get out and vote."
And election commissioners say, while the new voter ID law has been passed, it won't actually be in effect Mar. 13.