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Absentee voting is open for June 5 — New voters must register by May 5

Absentee voting in Lincoln County is underway for the June primary elections for U.S. Senate and the 3rd Congressional District.

Absentee voting will continue through June 2 in person at the Lincoln County Circuit Clerk’s office, which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The office will also be open Saturday, June 2, until noon.

Mail ballots can be requested until June 4, but the law requires they be returned — by mail only — on or before June 4 at 5 p.m. Mailed ballots cannot be returned in person at the office, said Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield.

The last day for new voters to register is May 5. The Circuit Clerk’s office will be open until noon that day.

The primary election is June 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Senate, Democratic ballot

The Democratic ballot includes six candidates for U.S. Senate:

• David Baria

• Jensen Bohren

• Jerone Garland

• Victor G. Maurice Jr.

• Omeria Scott

• Howard Sherman

Senate, Republican ballot

The Republican ballot includes two candidates for U.S. Senate:

• Richard Warren Boyanton

• Roger F. Wicker

House, Democratic ballot

The Democratic ballot includes two candidates for 3rd District Congressional District (24 counties):

• Michael Aycox

• Michael Ted Evans

House, Republican ballot

The Republican ballot includes six candidates for 3rd District Congressional District (24 counties):

• Sally Doty

• Morgan Dunn

• Michael Guest

• Whit Hughes

• Perry Parker

• Katherine “Bitzi” Tate

To avoid a run-off, a candidate must receive at least 50 percent of the vote plus one. If a run-off election is required, it will be June 26.

The general election will be Nov. 6 and includes winners from the primary elections and independents, Lincoln County School Board members for District 1 and District 2 (six-year terms) and a special election for Lincoln County School Board member for District 5 (4-year term).

The general election will also decide races for Lincoln County Chancery Judge, Lincoln County Circuit Judge for Post 1 and Post 2 and the special election for U.S. Senate.

A run-off election, if needed, is set for Nov. 27.

The deadline for chancery and circuit judges to qualify is May 11.

Dustin Bairfield