Mississippi Statewide Elections Tuesday

At the top of the Mississippi ballot will be the governor's race. Republican lieutenant governor, Phil Bryant, and Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, a Democrat, are vying to succeed Haley Barbour.

Democrats are running candidates in only four of the seven statewide races.

The elections will decide local races, such as supervisor, sheriff, coroner, and the like.

The Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk's Office was filled with brown containers Monday, as officials prepared to distribute them to precincts. Poll workers will be responsible for overseeing voting, as well as the paper ballots, affidavit ballots, and other supplies that are placed inside.

"Hopefully, they'll be all prepared. And everything's in there. It's seemed to going smoothly," said election commissioner, Awana Simmons. "Any problems they have, they will call us in the morning and we will be here to answer their questions with the troubleshooters."

But Simmons is hopeful there will be few problems, given that she and the other election commissioners have been working for a few months now to make sure Tuesday goes off without a hitch.

Despite all the preparations, Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says area residents have still been stopping by her office, hoping to register to vote in this year's general election.

"The initiatives alone are driving people in," said Johnson. "We've got a lot of people that have come to register to vote after the deadline. They've missed voting tomorrow. But they've been emotionally fired up over these initiatives. So they've been coming in to register for the first time. And they can't vote tomorrow."

But for those who are registered, officials encourage you to make sure you actually get out and vote Tuesday.

"We just want everyone to get out and vote. It is your right. Please turn out and vote. Your vote counts," said Simmons.


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