By NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippians never have an off year with elections. On Tuesday, the 2010 campaign season comes to an end – at least for the candidates in the 1st District congressional race. Here are some questions and answers about the impact and logistics of this week’s vote.
Q: What’s at stake Tuesday?
A: Northeast Mississippi will have relatively short but important ballots, at least in terms of contested races. Voters will decide the 1st District congressman for the next two years; a variety of judicial positions; and 15 school board seats across Northeast Mississippi. In addition, Lafayette County will elect a coroner, Calhoun County a county attorney, Lee County a constable and Prentiss County a superintendent of education. Tippah County residents also will vote on whether to recombine the tax assessor and collector offices.
Q: Who can vote, and where do they go?
A: Tuesday’s election is open to all registered voters regardless of party affiliation or preference, or whether they voted in the primaries. The only requirement is that they met the Oct. 3 registration deadline.
Voters will go to the same location they used in the party primary and the presidential election. In Lee County, however, one of the polling places has moved. Those who voted at West Main Church of Christ now vote at Lawndale Presbyterian Church.
Those still unsure of where to vote can call the circuit clerk’s office or visit the Mississippi secretary of state’s website, www.sos.ms.gov. You can find your polling place by clicking on “Elections” “Voter Information Center” and “Explore Elections.”
Q: It seems like the campaigns have been going on all year. Will they end Tuesday?
A: Not necessarily. The congressional race will be decided Tuesday because the prize goes to the candidate who receives the most votes, even if the total is not a majority. But in other races, the winner must pull a majority of the vote (50 percent plus one). In races with no outright winner Tuesday, the runoffs will be Nov. 23.