Poll Workers Being Trained

Election day is only 15 days away, and that means the Elections Commissioners are in full swing preparing. One of the things they're doing is training poll workers, and with 48 precincts in Lauderdale County alone, that's a lot of people to train.

District 5 Elections Commissioner Jeff Tate says that "We just began our week of poll worker training. It began today at 2:00 PM and will continue on throughout the week until Thursday, October 25th, and it's about a 2 hour session that we have going on right now."

Those 300 workers are learning important things like how to open and close the polls, work the voting machines, and ensure people are voting in the correct precinct. With a large turnout expected, workers need to be up to date on everything to help make this election a smooth one.

"We're expecting between 70 to 75 percent of a turnout. Most elections you have less than a 50 percent turnout, so the main difference is the amount of voters that will come out to vote."

One other important thing the workers are being trained on is whether or not voters have to show ID. That is law in many states, including Alabama, but there has been some confusion about it in Mississippi.

"Voter ID has not been implemented yet. We had an initiative, it was passed, however that is not the law yet, so you do not have to have your ID to vote on election day."

If you're planning on voting absentee, time is running out. to get your ballot in.

"Each day we get closer to the election the lines will get longer and longer, they will be outside Miss Donna Jill's office. We encourage all voters to come on down now."

Polls will be open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on November 6th.


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