Absentee voting now open for runoff election

Oktibbeha County Circuit Court building (courtesy)
Staff Writer

Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk's office is now allowing absentee voting for the run off election stemming from the candidate-filled Nov. 7 special election.

The runoff election will take place on Nov. 28. The election will include races between both the Chancery Clerk candidates and the Circuit Clerk candidates.

Martesa Bishop Flowers and Sharon Livingston will head to a runoff for the Chancery Clerk position.

Livingston received 36.59 percent of the votes with 3,435 votes and Flowers received 31.17 percent of the votes with 2,927 votes.

Teresa Davis and Tony Rook will head to a run off for the Circuit Clerk position.

Rook received 36.49 percent of the votes with 3,476 votes, while Davis received 38.29 percent of the votes with 3,648.

Interim Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis said absentee ballots should be ready today, but if there was an emergency where someone could not wait on the absentee ballots to arrive to the office, residents can vote on a paper ballot and would transfer to a scannable ballot.

"We don't like to use that process, but in the event of an emergency we could," McGinnis said.

With the runoff election, McGinnis said it is important to know if residents did not register to vote for the special election, they will not be able to vote on Nov. 28.

McGinnis said if someone was registered to vote, but missed the election due to an illness or other obligation, they will be eligible to vote.

All polling precincts will remain the same from the special election and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The office of the Circuit Clerk will be open on both Saturday Nov. 18 and Saturday Nov. 25 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The last day to absentee vote is Saturday Nov. 25.

Residents voting by mail must be received by the Circuit Clerk's office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 27. If the mail is not received before 5 p.m. the vote will not count.

Election deputy clerk Sheryl Elmore said it's normal for the turn out for the runoff to not match the special election.

Elmore said between the timing of the election and the contentious OCH Regional Medical Center referendum and House District 38 are over, less people will go to the polls.

"These two offices, circuit and chancery are very important in Oktibbeha County," Elmore said. "I do hope that people will get out and vote."