By REGGIE ROSS
Mississippi has a primary election next month, and the Grenada County Clerk’s Office is getting ready for what’s expected to be a large presidential turnout.
Mississippi joins six other states with primaries on March 10, a week after Super Tuesday. The general election is Nov. 3.
“Right now we have absentee voting, and that will continue through March 7,” Grenada County Circuit Clerk Michele Redditt-Garcia said.
Absentee ballots are now available at the circuit clerk’s office.
“Absentee voting has been slow, so we hope it picks up,” Redditt said. “We want everyone to exercise their right to vote.”
To better accommodate who hasn’t registered the circuit clerk’s office will open Saturday from 8 a.m to noon.
Citizens can register in-person at the circuit clerk’s office on or by that date. Voter registration forms are available online on the Mississippi Secretary of State website. According to the Secretary of State’s website those unsure if they are registered can also check online to see if they are already registered.
Those who aren’t registered to vote have until Monday to do so. Redditt-Garcia said March 2 is the deadline to register in order to vote in the primary runoff, on March 31, if a runoff is necessary in any race.
To vote absentee, voters must have an excuse including being away on Election Day, having a disability, being 65 and older or one of several other reasons.