By REGGIE ROSS
Today is Election Day, and if the absentee voting numbers are any indication of the expected turnout, voters could possibly set a record.
At the end of Saturday’s final day of absentee voting, Grenada County Circuit Clerk Michele Redditt-Garcia said 1,020 people participated in early voting this year.
Compared to the 2014 General Election, where only 471 people voted absentee, this year’s total more than doubled that number.
“This was an extremely busy year for absentee voting,” Redditt- Garcia said.
Today the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at each of the county’s 12 precincts.
All eyes will be on the local race for the District Four School Board of Trustee in which three women are vying for that seat.
The District Four School Board lies within Supervisor Darrell Robinson’s district. It is on the ballot at Taylor Hall and Friendship Baptist Church at Geeslin Corner.
District Four currently has 3,401 registered voters. At the Taylor Hall precinct, there are currently 2,444 voters, and at the Geeslin Corner precinct 957 voters are on the roll.
On the school board ballot are Thelma Hubbard, Cora “Coco” Kincaide-Cunningham and Marjorie O. Hughes.
Hughes is the incumbent and has held that District Four seat since 2013.
Hubbard, who was the first to qualify out of the three, is a mother of three in the school district and has been highly visible throughout the community lately.
Kincaide-Cunningham is a 28-year educator and currently teaches in the East Tallahatchie School District. She is a former teacher in the Grenada School District.
District Four will also have one candidate on the ballot for election commissioner.
Elizabeth Moore will be the lone candidate to appear on the ballot in that race. Moore was appointed by the Grenada County Board of Supervisors last summer.
The General Election will see the senate races including that of David Baria against incumbent Sen. Roger Wicker.
Also on the ballot will be the special election to fill the senate seat vacated with the retirement of long-time U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran this past spring. Former Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, will face Republican Chris McDaniel and Democrat Mike Espy, although party labels will not appear on the special election ballot.
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