First-Time Voters Typically Have Questions

Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says there are several commonly-asked questions by new voters. One is, where do I go to vote? She says the information can be found on your voter registration card.

"The first thing listed on the voter's card says county precinct and that's where you vote on November the 4th," said Johnson.

If you read your voter registration card and you still have some questions about exactly where to vote, you may call the circuit clerk's office in your county. Or you may want to go to the courthouse in advance of the election and look at a map that lists the precincts.

Johnson says many people want to know if they can vote without their card.
The answer is 'yes'.

"You don't have to have your voter registration card, but the card helps the poll workers find you on the poll book and also make sure that you're voting in the correct precinct," Johnson said.

Johnson says it's also important for voters to know that write-in votes don't count, unless a space is provided and a candidate has passed away, creating a vacancy.

Also, although she encourages people to cast votes in all categories, Johnson says voters can skip races on the ballot if they choose, and their vote in other categories will still be counted.

Something else she says residents need to know is that some first-time voters will have to show some form of ID before voting.

"First-time voters who did not walk up to this counter and vote on our voter registration forms will have to show their driver's license or ID the first time they vote," said Johnson.

She says this goes for any first-time voter in Mississippi who did not register directly in the circuit clerk's office in their county.

Mississippians with questions about the upcoming election are advised to contact the circuit clerk's office in their county.

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