Absentee voting deadline for primaries nears

Published 9:24 am Thursday, July 23, 2015


How does mail-in absentee voting work?


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There are several reasons one may request absentee voting for the upcoming elections. These include residents 65 or older, residents who will be out of town on the day of voting, those who are temporarily disabled and those with a work schedule that doesn’t accommodate leaving to vote.

Those who wish to vote absentee by mail should call the Circuit Clerk’s office at 601-835-3435 and request by mail the forms needed. Ballots received by mail must be received by the Circuit Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3.

Jacqueline Bates from the Circuit Clerk’s office said they normally check the mail at 4:30 p.m. The address to mail forms back is 301 South First St., Room 205, Brookhaven, MS 39601. Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield previously recommended that people drop them in the mail by July 31 to ensure the office receives them.

For those who are submitting absentee ballots in person, the Circuit Clerk’s office will be open Saturday, Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to take votes. The Circuit Clerk’s office is open during the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office is located in room 205 of the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Government Complex at 301 South First St. People submitting absentee ballots are required to bring a picture ID when voting.