Hosemann concerned by low voter turnout

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Mississippi's secretary of state says he's concerned about low voter turnout for upcoming elections.

Delbert Hosemann made a stop in Queen City Tuesday to promote the "Get Out the Vote" message. He says absentee numbers have been low for upcoming municipal elections in Mississippi, and he wants to shine a light on why voting is so important.

"These are the people that usually have your police protection, your fire department, your garbage, your streets. I mean, all of those things go through this city council and the mayor that you're going to elect here. Even if you don't think that's important, there are people in a foxhole in Syria that are protecting you for the right to do this."

A contested mayor's race does help bring in more people. The head of Finance and Records for the city says as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, exactly 300 people had voted absentee.

May 1 is the last day you can cast an absentee ballot. You can vote absentee at Meridian City Hall during regular business hours, and City Hall will be open Saturday April 29 from 8-12 for absentee voters.

Primary election day is May 2. The last day to register to vote in the general election is May 6.