By Robbie Ward/NEMS Daily Journal
Tupelo city primary elections are Tuesday, and there have been some changes in ward lines and precincts from the last election. City Clerk Kim Hanna answered questions from Daily Journal government reporter Robbie Ward about polling location changes and how to prevent voter confusion.
Q. What election-related changes have happened in Tupelo since the 2009 city elections?
A. Wards 2, 3 and 4 will have changes, while Wards 1, 5, 6, and 7 will keep the same precinct locations from four years ago. For voters in Ward 2, Wesley United Methodist Church is the new polling place. Ward 3 has the Lawndale Presbyterian Church, but the Lee County Courthouse is a new precinct for the ward. Even though we’re temporarily using the Link Centre as a precinct in Ward 4, it’s not going to be a permanent voting location.
Q. What can voters do to make sure they have a voting experience that’s as smooth as possible?
A. If they’re unsure where to vote, they can give us a call to make sure they’re listed in the poll book. If they’re not, we can point them in the right direction. Voters can call 841-6505 or 841-6506 with any questions.
Q. What should people do if they have problems voting?
A. We’re not going to deny anybody their right to vote. If you feel certain that you can vote but your name isn’t on the voter roll, you’re eligible to vote by affidavit and will be given a slip that you can use to follow up with on Wednesday to make sure your vote was accepted. Even if you vote by affidavit, your vote will count. However, an affidavit vote will not count if you don’t vote in the correct precinct.