Secretary of state shares election day reminders

Published: Aug. 6, 2019 at 10:39 AM CDT
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Mississippi voters are choosing Republican and Democrat nominees for state, district, legislative and county offices Tuesday. Polls are open until 7 p.m.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's office shared some tips for a smooth experience at the polls.

• Polling Place Hours: Polling places are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You are permitted to cast a ballot if you are standing in line at 7 p.m.

• Polling Place Locations: A polling place locator is available on the Secretary of State's website at

• Campaigning: Refrain from campaigning for any candidate or party within 150 feet of a polling place, unless you are on private property.

• Loitering: Refrain from loitering within 30 feet of a polling place, including within the polling place. After you cast your ballot, please depart so your fellow citizens can quickly cast their ballot.

• Voter ID: Don’t forget to bring your photo ID to the polls! For more information on acceptable forms of ID, click the attached link.

• Election Hotline: If you experience problems at the polls, or have any other questions, please call the Secretary of State’s Election Hotline at 1-800-829-6786.

In the Republican governor's primary, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves seeks to fend off opposition from former state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller, Jr., and state Rep. Robert Foster.

Among Democrats, Attorney General Jim Hood is being challenged by seven candidates, including Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith and retired Jackson State University administrator Velesha P. Williams.

Republican voters also have contested primaries for lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and treasurer. Democrats will decide a nominee for secretary of state.

Runoffs will be Aug. 27 in races where a candidate doesn't get a majority Tuesday.

Winners advance to the Nov. 5 general election.

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