Absentee voting under way, but few taking part

By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Ring in the New Year by voting absentee, Lee County Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin says.
Her Lee County Justice Center office downtown will be open the next two Saturdays, including Jan. 1, from 8 a.m. until noon for walk-in absentee voters for the Jan. 11 special election for state District 6 senator and Northern District transportation commissioner.
Loftin said absentee voting is under way, although few have used it so far.
“People just aren’t thinking about any elections right now – it’s Christmas,” she said Tuesday.
Mississippi allows early voting by absentee ballot for a wide range of voters, including the disabled, anyone over 65, people who have surgery scheduled or will be out of the county on business on election day.
Some 100 Lee County disabled voters who are on record with Loftin’s office have received their absentee ballots.
The office will be closed Friday, Dec. 31, and Monday, Jan. 3, then reopen for regular business hours weekdays. Walk-ins also can cast ballots on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. until noon.
Voters across north Mississippi will choose a transportation commissioner to replace Bill Minor from Holly Springs, who died recently.
The Senate seat for Tupelo and the north half of Lee County, plus a few east Pontotoc precincts, must be filled because its office-holder, Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo, was elected to the U.S. House on Nov. 2.
If needed, runoffs are set for Feb. 1.
Contact Patsy Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

Special election hopefuls

State Senate, District 6
– Melony Armstrong, Tupelo
– Mike Bryan, Tupelo
– Nancy Collins, Tupelo
– Jonny Davis, Tupelo
– Stacy Scott, Sherman
– Doug Wright, Saltillo

Transportation Commission
– John Caldwell, Nesbit
– Dennis Grisham, Dumas
– Joey Hood, Kirkville community,
Itawamba County
– Larry Lee, Grenada
– Warner McBride, Courtland
– Ray Minor, Holly Springs
– Mike Tagert, Starkville