Voters needing to cast absentee ballots for Tuesday’s general election have just today and tomorrow to do so.
Absentee ballots may cast at the Circuit Clerk’s Office in the Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex on West Main Street during regular business hours — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — today and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Any ballots being sent by mail must arrive in the Circuit Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. Monday in order to be counted with the results of Tuesday’s election.
Some voters who are out of town and requested absentee ballots by mail will need to check to ensure the proper zip code — 39759 — is listed on the return envelope, due to a printing error with some of the envelopes, said Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis.
McGinnis said she and her staff attempted to catch the error on the envelopes for the out-of-town ballots, but some were mailed with the wrong zip code.
On the ballot locally for the general election are the following races (some races may not appear on all ballots):
U.S. House of
Third Congressional District
• Joel L. Gill, Democrat
• Gregg Harper, Republican
• Tracella Lou O’Hara Hill, Reform
Chancery Court Judge
14th Chancery District
• Kenneth M. Burns
• Dorothy W. Colom
Circuit Court Judge
16th Circuit District
• James T. “Jim” Kitchens
• William Starks
• Lee J. Howard
• Lee S. Coleman
• Bob Marshall
• Nebra Porter
Oktibbeha County School District
Board of Trustees
District 2 Seat
• Curtis Snell
• Marvin L. Williams
• Melvin Harris
• Yvette Rice
In order to vote absentee, residents must meet one of the following conditions as set forth in state law:
• The voter is an enlisted or commissioned member of any component of the U.S. Armed Forces and a citizen of Mississippi, or spouse of dependent of a such a member.
• The voter is a member of the Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross and is a citizen of Mississippi, or spouse of dependent of a such a member.
• The voter is a disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital or is a citizen of Mississippi, or spouse of dependent of a such a member.
• The voter is a civilian attached to and serving outside the U.S. with any branch of the armed forces, Merchant Marine or Red Cross, and is a citizen of Mississippi, or spouse of dependent of a such a member.
• The voter is a citizen of Mississippi temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States and District of Columbia.
• The voter is a citizen of Mississippi enrolled as a student at a U.S. Military Academy.
• The voter is a student, teacher or administrator and a college, university, junior college, high school, junior high school or elementary school whose studies or employment necessitate the absence from the county of his or her voting residency.
• The voter will be outside the county on election day.
• The voter is age 65 and older.
• The voter is the parent, spouse or dependent on someone with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside his county of residence more than 50 miles away and will be with that person on election day.
• The voter is a member of the congressional delegation or spouse or dependent of a member of the congressional delegation.
• The voter is required to be at work on election day during the times the polls will be open.
For more information or answers to questions about the election, call the Circuit Clerk’s Office at 323-1356.