Circuit clerk’s office open Saturday for absentee votes

Published 2:33 pm Thursday, October 29, 2015

With elections right around the corner, the time to cast your absentee ballots is running out.

Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield said voters have until Saturday to cast their absentee ballot at his office. His office will be open until 12 p.m.

For those who still have mailed absentee ballots, Bairfield recommends getting those in the mail today. His office must receive the ballot by Monday regardless of the postmark date.

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Bairfield said they distribute poll boxes Monday night, which is why Tuesday is too late to receive the ballot via mail.

Bairfiled also reminded voters to bring their photo identification with them. If an individual forgets his or her voter ID, the voter has five days to bring a valid identification to the Circuit Clerk’s office to validate the ballot.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Precincts are the same as the primary elections. To check which precinct you should be voting at, visit or contact the Circuit Clerk’s office.

Initiative 42

Bairfield also said he has gotten several questions about Initiative 42. According to instructions received from the Secretary of State’s office, voters will first be asked if they want to amend the Mississippi Constitution by either amendment. Second, the voter will asked to vote between 42 and 42A.

Bairfield said first a majority of votes (50 percent plus one vote) must vote yes to amend the constitution. Second, either 42 or 42A must receive 40 percent of the total vote.

Bairfield said that those who vote no in the first question can choose to leave the second question blank or vote in case the first question passes. Bairfield said leaving a portion of the ballot blank does not cause the ballot to be rejected.