Congressional, judicial, school board elections just around the corner in Mississippi

Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 4:42 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Nov. 8 ballot will decide several key federal seats but also some local races for judgeships and school board. Many Mississippi voters will see races that are not contested.

“This is our federal cycle. You‘ve got congressional races and all of our judges. These are your judicial judges, chancery, circuit, county court judges; they’re all unopposed. They’re all incumbents, but they still would appreciate your vote. We have school board districts 1 and 2. Refer to your voter registration card. You’ll know if you’re eligible to vote in the school board and then you’ll have the petition that’s on the backside,” said Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson.

Eligible registered voters are able to cast absentee ballots in their county circuit clerk offices. Many people vote absentee to avoid the long lines on election day. But this year, the ballot is back on paper, relieving the pressure and allowing the voting process to flow smoothly.

“You have to give a legal reason, and so I encourage people to look at your calendar. See if you‘ve got a conference or a surgery. A lot of the people go to the mountains this time of year, same families we deal with. So of course, if you need to vote absentee, come in now. Do not wait until any deadline. You certainly don’t want to wait in any line. So again, you have to have a legal reason to vote, and the most common is that you are going to be out of town,” said Johnson.

If you decide to vote by mail, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Nov. 7.