Absentee voting underway

news-politics-election-stockHOUSTON – With several surrounding counties noted for a higher than usual number of absentee ballots cast in the 2012 county elections, Chickasaw County officials are doing their part to make sure all ballots are cast properly.

Chickasaw County Circuit Clerk’s office employees said voting an absentee ballot is complex and they work hard to help people make sure their vote counts if they are going to be out of town on Election Day or if they are physically unable to get to the polls.

Marking the ballot is the easy part.

The difficulty comes in following the instructions for mailing in both the application and ballot back to the Circuit Clerk’s office. Voters sign their name at some very specific spots and in a very specific way and the correct form must be placed in the right envelop. And voters have to get it all to the Circuit Clerk’s office before the deadline.

Also new this election cycle will be the implementation of Mississippi’s new voter identification law.

This means voters without acceptable identification must vote on a provisional ballot and also take additional steps after Election Day for it to be counted.

That’s why Circuit Clerk officials are urging people voting absentee ballots to come by the Circuit Clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in either Houston of Okolona.

Voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, June 3, pick a party and cast their ballot for the candidates of their choice. Races that do not see a single candidate win by 50 percent plus one vote will meet in party primary runoff elections on June 24. Candidates who claimed their party’s election head to the General Election set for Tuesday, Nov. 4.

The Chickasaw County Circuit Clerk’s office can be reached at 662-456-2331.

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