By NEMS Daily Journal
Tuesday is the first step in a three-tiered state election process, and voters across Mississippi will have to make a choice between the Democratic and Republican primaries. You can’t vote in both.
That means choosing which races and candidates you most want to vote in and for. The list of races in both primaries elsewhere on this page shows the choices available to Lee County voters.
Additionally, if you vote in one party primary on Tuesday, you can’t switch over to the other party’s runoff on Aug. 23.
But you don’t have to stick with the party you voted for in the primaries in the general election on Nov. 8. All Democratic and Republican nominees, as well as any third party candidates and independents, will be on the ballot then and you can vote however you want.
In order to win the Democratic or Republican nomination for any office on the ballot Tuesday, a candidate must receive 50 percent plus one of the total votes cast. Otherwise, the top two vote-getters will move on to a runoff three weeks later.
Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. If you’re not sure where you should vote, call your county circuit clerk’s office.