Registration deadline for voters Oct. 6

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 21, 2012

November’s federal elections are over two months away, but interim Circuit Clerk Sherry Jordan is working to remind residents the deadline for voter registration is Oct. 6 and that they need to update their address if it has changed.

     “There’s no way we can put them in the right precinct if they don’t let us know they’ve moved,” Jordan said.

     A voter’s address determines their polling precinct. Getting voters to the right precinct can be significant as ballots may be different from precinct to precinct depending on where district lines fall for legislative, county and municipal posts.

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     On Oct. 6, the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election, the circuit clerk’s office will be open half a day on Saturday, Jordan said.

     Poll books are also printed 30 days before, so Jordan said voters should also indicate a change of address by the Oct. 6 deadline.

     Jordan feels that about 50 percent of people that move remember to update their voter registration information.

     However, voters casting ballots in incorrect precincts continues to be a problem, Jordan said. She said some people, particular older people that have moved into nursing homes, tend to continue voting in the wrong precinct.

     However, people are supposed to be registered where they live.

     The main draw of the November elections will be the presidential race, and Jordan expects large numbers of absentee ballots.

     Mississippians will also vote U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives candidates.

     Locally, ballots throughout the county will feature candidates for a special circuit clerk election and county election commissioners. Residents living outside the Brookhaven School District will also see candidates for two Lincoln County School Board seats.