By CARL SMITH
The Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex will extend its hours this weekend to accommodate absentee voters.
Circuit Clerk Glenn Hamilton says his office will open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday for last-minute absentee voting. Those who choose to mail in their votes must have them postmarked by the deadline.
The Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex is located at 108 West Main Ave. in Starkville.
As for Tuesday’s General Election, voting precincts and their respective polling locations are as follows:
- Central Starkville — Oktibbeha County Circuit Court Annex, 108 West Main Street;
- Northeast Starkville —Humphrey Coliseum, 55 Coliseum Boulevard;
- East Starkville — Humphrey Coliseum, 55 Coliseum Boulevard;
- Gillespie — Gillespie Street Center, 610 East Gillespie St.;
- North Starkville II —Boardtown Village, 905 North Montgomery St.;
- North Starkville III — Fire Station No. 3, 102 West Garrard Road;
- South Starkville — Starkville Sportsplex, 405 Lynn Lane;
- West Starkville — National Guard Armory, Highway 12 West;
- North Longview — Longview Volunteer Fire Department, 2168 Highway 12 West;
- South Adaton — Adaton Baptist Church, 1975 Highway 82 West;
- Self Creek/Double Springs — Self Creek/Double Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 3407 Highway 82 West;
- Hickory Grove/southeast —Belaire Fire Station, Old Highway 82 East;
- Osborn — Osborn Volunteer Fire Department, 16th Section Road;
- Bell Schoolhouse — Bell School House Volunteer Fire Department, 2221 Highway 389;
- Center Grove/North Adaton — Adaton Volunteer Fire Department, 2237 Reed Road;
- Maben — Maben City Hall;
- South Longview — Longview Volunteer Fire Department, 2168 Highway 12 West;
- Craig Springs/South Bradley — Crag Springs Volunteer Fire Department, 2199 Craig Springs Road;
- Sturgis/North Bradley — Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, 2729 Montgomery St., Sturgis;
- Oktoc — Oktoc Volunteer Fire Department, Oktoc Road;
- Sessums — Sessums Volunteer Fire Department, 3100 Turkey Creek Road.
Besides the presidential race, Oktibbeha County voters will also vote for a U.S. Senate seat and, depending on where residents live, one of two U.S. House of Representatives seats.
A majority of county voters will also cast ballots in the 3rd District House race between incumbent Republican Rep. Gregg Harper and Reform Party Candidate John “Luke” Pannell. The district spans an area from Starkville through Jackson, ending around Natchez. Following the 2010 Census, a portion of Oktibbeha County was removed from the district and placed in the 1st District.
Republican U.S. Rep. Alan Nunnelee is challenged by four candidates for the 1st District House seat: Democrat Brad Morris, Libertarian Danny Bedwell, Constitution Party member Jim R. Bourland and Reform Party member Chris Potts.
Split ballots will be offered in the Craig Springs/South Bradley and Center Grove/North Adaton precincts.
Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker faces former Oktibbeha County Democratic Party Chairman Albert N. Gore Jr. Both men are on the statewide ballot, along with Tom Cramer (Constitution Party) and Shawn O’Hara (Reform Party).
Voters will also help decide the District 3 Mississippi Supreme Court Justice race between Josiah Dennis Coleman and Richard “Flip” Phillips.
Locally, county election commissioners are on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. Four of the county’s five districts feature unopposed candidates, while two Republicans — Steven “Greg” Fulgham and Judith “Judy” Goodman —will face off for District 1’s position.
Two county school board elections are null following the state takeover of Oktibbeha County School District.