Preparations Made for Runoffs

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Republican and Democrat party workers spent Monday getting all the supplies ready for poll workers in Tuesday's runoff elections.

Poll workers have to report to the polls at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, instead of 6 a.m. because of the new touch screen system. Officials want to make sure there are no malfunctions, and if any problems arise, they will have enough time to correct them before the polls open at 7 a.m.

"We've had a primary to get ready, so hopefully those receiving and returning managers will just be fired up and ready," said Democratic executive committee chair, Melba Clark.

Election officials point out that there can be no party switching in the runoff. If you voted Democrat on Aug. 7, you have to vote Democrat on Aug. 28. If you voted Republican on Aug. 7, you must vote Republican on Tuesday. And if you are a registered voter, but did not vote Aug. 7, you may still vote in the runoff.

In November's general election, you may vote any way you want, because Republicans, Democrats and independents will appear on the same ballot.

First-time voters who mailed in their registration forms have to use their IDs to vote Tuesday, but IDs are not required by anyone else.

Lauderdale County circuit clerk Donna Jill Johnson reminded voters to make sure they are going to the right precinct.

"You do not have to have your voter registration card to vote. Just refer to your card to make sure that you know where you are going to go vote," Johnson said.

Clark said voter turnout was low on Aug. 7, but she wants to encourage people to get out and vote. She said she hopes at least 70 percent of the voters participate.

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