Election Officials Keeping a Close Eye on Runoff ElectionsBy Daniel Cherry | Published 22 Aug 2011 07:46pm |
As citizens head out today to vote in Mississippi runoff elections, officials will be watching the polls for any wrongdoing. MPB's Daniel Cherry reports what the state's head election official is saying about voting day.
There are two statewide positions up for grabs today. On the Republican ballot voters will choose between Lee Yancey and Lynn Fitch in the Republican runoff for Treasurer. On the Democratic ballot will be Bill Luckett and Johnny DuPree to decide who gets the Democratic nomination for Governor. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says residents wanting to participate should have registered before the primary.
"You have to be registered to vote 30 days in advance, so you missed that. You should have registered earlier."
Voters who participated in the primary can't switch parties in the runoff. Meaning if you cast a Republican ballot in the previous election this month, you can't vote Democrat in today's election and vice versa. But Hosemann says those who didn't vote have options.
"If you didn't vote at all, we welcome you back to the polls in either primary. So you can go vote for whomever you want to, and show up and vote for either the Democratic Runoff or the Republican Runoff."
Hosemann says his office is keeping a close eye on absentee voting. He says last presidential election only 2 percent of ballots were absentee. Last* Mississippi election saw as much as 29 percent absentee voting in some counties
"It's obvious there is a trend upward, a significant trend upward. Across the state we had over 6% absentee ballots cast because there is something going on here with absentee ballots, and they're not statistically correct."
The polls will be open until 7 this evening.
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