Voters Show Interest in November Elections

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

The Mississippi Secretary of State's Office says, since the beginning of 2008,
189,817 people have registered as new voters. There have been over 1,200 new registrants in Newton County.

Newton County Circuit Clerk Nancy Kidd said there have been at least ten people a day coming in to vote by absentee ballot.

Kidd points out that people must have a legitimate reason to vote absentee. Many of these people are elderly, military or they will be out of town election day.

But the numbers show people are enthusiastic about this election.

Kidd says workers are prepared to place more voting machines throughout Newton County precincts as they gear up for anticipated large numbers.

"I'm predicating a large turnout, you know, just compared to the previous election which is the primary election," Kidd said.

"Because I'm a senior citizen, thanks to the Lord, I'm seventy three years old and I don't want to be standing in line," said Dorothy Roberts, who cast an absentee ballot Thursday.

"I'm old and up in age and I just didn't feel like standing in line that long on my legs because they don't feel that well anymore," said Louise Johnson, who also cast her ballot in the clerk's office.

Kidd says walk-in absentee voting will continue through Saturday November 1st at noon.
"It's important for everybody to vote...young as well as the old."

The secretary of state released these figures showing registered voters
by county:
Newton - 12,396
Clarke - 12,484
Neshoba - 16,101
Kemper - 7,838
Lauderdale - 43,882

According to elections officials, all of these numbers are up this year.

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