The Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk says now is the time for residents to be thinking about the general and special elections in November, especially those who may be voting absentee.
Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says absentee ballots may be prolonged because of an ongoing ballot dispute in Mississippi. And that's why planning ahead now is important for voters.
"So be thinking not only of yourself, but you've got relatives and friends that will be needing an absentee ballot," said Johnson. "And we want people to be thinking about it now because your absentee process takes a while and we want people to be prepared."
Johnson says calls have been coming in about the absentee voting process especially for college students and military.
And many are also coming into the office. Johnson says these are not just first time voters, but people who are coming in to change their name, address, and making sure they are voting in the correct precinct.
Angela Kingery of Meridian said she wanted to make sure she and her husband were registered to vote and to verify their voting precinct.
"Just now more than ever, it's important to make sure our voices are heard," said Kingery. "Just whenever we have free time, go ahead and come in, get all of your paperwork set up so that you don't miss out."
For more information on the voting and absentee ballots call the Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk's office at 601-482-9731.