By REGGIE ROSS
In preparation for the upcoming primary election on June 5, the Grenada County Circuit Clerk’s Office will open its doors Saturday for the final day of absentee voting.
The office will open tomorrow from 8 a.m. until noon for those seeking to vote absentee.
Circuit Clerk Michele Redditt-Garcia said the deadline for absentee voting in the office is Saturday, June 2.
This week, Redditt-Garcia and the Grenada County Election Commissioners held a poll manager seminar in preparation for the primary. More than a dozen poll managers attended the seminar at the Grenada County Courtroom and were briefed on affidavits and voter ID information.
“These are the final steps that we’re taking to get our poll managers prepared to have a smooth day on Tuesday,” Redditt-Garcia said.
Although the absentee voting numbers are low, election officials said they have every detail covered in making Tuesday a success.
Redditt-Garcia said it is now up to the citizens to come out and vote absentee on Saturday or at the polls on Tuesday, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“If you’re a college student, disabled or simply going to be out of town, we’re asking that you come out and vote absentee,” said Redditt-Garcia.
This is the first round of voting for Mississippi’s U.S Senate and the House of Representatives positions.
According to Redditt-Garcia, in the primary election voters, will be required to declare a particular party.
A primary election is one sponsored by a political party and not run by the state. Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for an upcoming general election.
On the June 5 Republican ballot for U.S. Senate are Sen. Roger Wicker, the incumbent, and Richard Boyanton of Diamondhead. Wicker, the incumbent, has held the senate seat since 2007.
On the Democratic ballot are David Baria of Bay St. Louis, Jensen Bohren of Benton, Victor Maurice of Pass Christian, Jerone Garland of Kosciusko, Howard Sherman of Meridian and Omeria Scott of Laurel.
The special election to fill the senate seat of the retiring U.S. Senator Thad Cochran will not be on the ballot until the November General Election.
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