Congressional primaries next Tuesday

Union County voters will go to the polls in all 20 precincts next Tuesday, June 3, to select party nominees for the U. S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Winners Tuesday will be on the general election ballot Nov. 4, along with independent and third-party candidates. If no single candidate in a race receives more than 50 percent of the vote, those with the two largest totals will face each other in a run-off June 24.

Anyone who votes in the primary will have to choose either the Democratic or Republican ticket, and must vote in the same party race in the event a run-off is needed. Party affiliation will have no affect on voting Nov. 4 and also on the ballot will be judicial posts that are, by law, non-partisan.

Republican voters Tuesday will have to choose Thomas L. Carey, incumbent Thad Cochran or Chris McDaniel for senator while incumbent Alan Nunnelee is unopposed for the House seat in the primary.

Democratic voters will have to choose Travis W. Childers, William Bond Compton Jr., Bill Marcy or Jonathan Rawl for senator and Ron E. Dickey or Rex N. Weathers for the House seat.

Anyone who has an approved reason to be away from his or her usual voting precinct all day Tuesday may cast an absentee ballot in the circuit clerk’s office. Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford said her office will be open during usual business hours this week, plus being open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday, which is the deadline for in-person absentee voting.

Voters may mail in absentee ballots but they must be received by Stanford’s office no later than 5 p.m. Monday, June 2, to be counted.

This will be the first election under the new law requiring presentation of some form of voter identification in order to vote. Special voter ID cards are available through the local circuit clerk’s office at no charge but so far the staff has found that virtually everyone already has some sort of valid or acceptable photo ID.

Acceptable IDs include a driver’s license, Mississippi government-issued ID, U.S. passport, firearms license, Mississippi university, college or community college ID, military or Native American tribal ID.

One may even used an expired card from among the listed, if it is not more than 10 years old.

Anyone who still does need one of the free voter IDs should go immediately to Stanford’s office, since the process of obtaining a card includes its being mailed to the applicant and takes some time.

Stanford or her staff can tell applicants what they need to obtain one of the cards.

The only exceptions to having to present a photo ID are if the voter has some religious objection to being photographed or if he or she is qualified to vote an absentee ballot and does so. In the case of a religious objection, the voter may cast an affidavit ballot.

A voter who does not have photo ID on Election Day will be asked to vote by affidavit ballot at the polling place. The voter will then have five business days to show an acceptable form of photo ID, or apply for a Mississippi Voter ID card, at the Circuit Clerk’s office.

Polls Tuesday will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.