Primary elections take place across state

Today’s the day voters select the first round of municipal candidates for elected positions in cities and towns across Northeast Mississippi.
Two more votes will follow: Runoffs, if necessary, are scheduled for May 19 and the general election is June 2.
Here are a few reminders to help you perform your civic duty:
– WHO’S RUNNING: Today’s ballots contain the names of Democratic and Republican candidates only. Independent candidates do not run today; instead, they will compete in the general election.
– WHAT’S AT STAKE: Voters will make decisions in races for mayor, aldermen and city council members. In some cases, today’s vote will determine who wins the office or makes the runoffs. In other cases, today’s vote will determine party nominees for the June 2 election.
– POLL LOCATIONS: City precincts are different from county precincts, meaning where you voted in the presidential race isn’t necessarily where you vote in the municipal race. Call your city clerk if you don’t know where to vote. In Tupelo, the number is (662) 841-6509 or visit and click “Election.”
– POLL HOURS: Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To avoid big crowds, go in the mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
– WARD LINES: Because Tupelo ward lines were redrawn since the latest municipal election, some residents have changed wards and polling precincts. If you’re not sure of your status, call City Hall at (662) 841-6509 or visit and click “Election.”
– CHOOSE YOUR PARTY: You can vote in the Republican primary or the Democratic primary, but not both. That means if your preferred City Council candidate is a Republican but your top mayoral candidate is a Democrat, you can’t vote in both races. You’ll have to pick just one. And whichever party you choose in the primary is the one you’ll have in the runoff. You can’t switch parties from primary to runoff.

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Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

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