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Lynda Pinnix assists Donnie Sultan of Grenada with filling out an absentee ballot at the Grenada County Courthouse on Wednesday. Another circuit clerk assistant, Michele Redditt, works in the background. Staff photo / Galen Holley
 
By GALEN HOLLEY
Staff Writer

    More than 1,200 absentee ballots have been cast in Grenada County, and that’s a good indicator of a robust turnout this election year, according to Circuit Clerk Linda Barnette.
   “I’m really expecting good participation this year,” said Barnette, whose staff of five has been putting in long hours in preparation for Tuesday’s election.
   The circuit clerk’s office will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon to accept a final round of absentee ballots.
   “If you’re over 65 or disabled, or if you’re a student or military personnel or will be out of town, come on by and we’ll take care of you,” said Barnette.
   Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday for voting.
   The presidential race is the most prominent entry on ballot, but there are other contests of note for Mississippians.
   Republican Senator Roger Wicker is seeking reelection, as is Democratic District Two House Representative Bennie Thompson.
   Josiah Dennis Coleman and Richard Flip Phillips will square off in a nonpartisan contest for District Three Supreme Court justice.
   Five election commissioners are running unopposed for reelection, including District One Commissioner Angelena Hudson (R), District Two Commissioner Judy Sanders Ussery (D), District Three Commissioner Bernice Richardson (D), District Four Commissioner Nellie F. Ward (D) and District Five Commissioner Carolyn B. Kilgore (D).
   Ceola James and Erma “EJ” Russell will square off in a nonpartisan election for Court of Appeals District Two. Voters in Mt. Nebo, Providence, Hardy and Pea Ridge will not vote in that election because they are located in District One.
   More than 17,000 voters are registered to cast ballots in 13 precincts in Grenada County, according to Barnette.


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