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By STEVEN NALLEY
Polling locations across Oktibbeha County will be open for the state and county general elections Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Myles Carpenter, county election commissioner, said the polling locations are identical to those used in the primaries and runoffs in August. That means voters planning to cast their ballots at Humphrey Coliseum and in Maben will still vote in different locations than the ones specified on the countyâ€™s official website.
Because their City Hall is still in the early stages of reconstruction, Carpenter said, Maben voters will still need to cast ballots at the Maben Fire Department located near City Hall. Starkville voters from the east and northeast precincts will also still vote in the lobby connecting Humphrey Coliseum to the new practice facility.
Carpenter said it would be ideal if voters from the East Starkville precinct came in through the west doors, located near the Palmeiro Center, and voters from the Northeast Starkville precinct came in through the east doors, closer to the Sanderson Center.
Carpenter said he encourages all citizens to add their votes to the election process.
The complete list of polling places and corresponding precincts is as follows:
â€” District 1:
u West Starkville: National Guard Armory on Highway 12 West, Starkville.
u South Adaton: Adaton Baptist Church on Highway 182 West
u North Longview: Longview Fire Station on Highway 12 West
u Self Creek/Double Springs: The new fire station on Highway 82 West, Maben.
â€” District 2:
u Osborn: 16th Section Road Fire Station.
u Northeast Starkville: Humphrey Coliseum lobby, Mississippi State University.
u North Starkville II: Boardtown Village on North Montgomery Street.
u Hickory Grove/Southeast Starkville: East Oktibbeha Fire Station, Highway 182 East.
â€” District 3:
u East Starkville: Humphrey Coliseum lobby, Mississippi State University.
u North Starkville III: Fire Station at intersection of West Garrard Road and North Jackson Street.
u Bell Schoolhouse: Bell Schoolhouse Fire Station on Highway 389.
u Maben: Maben Fire Station on Second Avenue, Maben.
u Center Grove/North Adaton: Adaton Fire Station on Reed Road.
â€” District 4
u South Starkville: Starkville Sportsplex on Lynn Lane.
u South Longview: Longview Fire Station on Highway 12 West.
u Craig Springs/South Bradley: Craig Springs Fire Station on Craig Springs Road, Sturgis.
u Sturgis/North Bradley: Sturgis Fire Station on Montgomery Street, Sturgis.
â€” District 5
u Central Starkville: Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex on West Main Street.
u Gillespie Street: Gillespie Street Center on East Gillespie Street.
u Sessums: Sessums Fire Station on Turkey Creek Road.
u Oktoc: Oktoc Fire Station on Oktoc Road just south of the Oktoc Community Center.
The state offices appearing on Oktibbeha County ballots include: governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture and commerce, commissioner of insurance, Northern District public service commissioner, Northern District transportation commissioner, senators for districts 15 and 16, and representatives for districts 23, 35, 37 and 38.
County offices appearing on the ballots include: chancery court clerk, circuit court clerk, sheriff, tax assessor, attorney, coroner, surveyor, superintendent of education, supervisors for five districts, justice court judges for three districts and constables for three districts.
Citizens will also have the opportunity to vote on three ballot initiatives. Initiative 26 would define the term â€śpersonâ€ť as including every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the equivalent thereof. Initiative 27 would amend the Mississippi Constitution to require people to submit government-issued photo identification to vote. Initiative 31 would prohibit the government from taking private property by eminent domain and then transferring it to other persons.