By CHRIS WILSON
In spite of the inclement weather, Monroe Countians were turning out at the polls in record numbers Tuesday. The polls opened at 7 a.m. with some voters waiting at the door to cast their ballots.
Secretary of State Eric Clark predicted that more than 1 million Mississippians would vote in this year’s presidential election which would be a record.
Even with record turnouts, at best fewer than half of the state’s eligible voters will be casting votes. There are roughly 2 million people of voting age in the state.
Monroe County Circuit Clerk Judy Butler said a large number of absentee ballots were cast in the county. She said 950 absentyee votes were cast compared to the usual approximately 500.
Monroe County uses a paper ballot that is marked by pencil and machine scanned.
Because The Amory Advertiser had to go to press before the polls were closed Tuesday, returns were not available for publication. However, next week’s Advertiser will include precinct-by-precinct results from throughout the county.