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Saturday last day to vote absentee

Saturday will be the last day for absentee voting prior to Tuesday’s election, which will mostly decide races for U.S. Senate, House of Representatives and judicial seats, as well as several Lincoln County School Board seats.

Runoffs are possible in a few races and if that happens, voting will continue Nov. 27.

Individuals who normally vote at Rogers Circle, Brignall or the Montgomery precincts will be casting ballots in a different location.

Rogers Circle and Brignall merged into one precinct in April last year. It’s now called the Brignall/Rogers Circle precinct and it’s at the District 2 county barn on Old Hwy. 51.

Brignall voters had been meeting at the old Brignall store on Brignall Road, while those voting at Rogers Circle were in a portable building at Beulah Chapel Church, also on Brignall Road. The county barn is at 1211 Old Hwy. 51 NE about seven minutes from each of the former locations.

The Montgomery voting precinct in northeast Lincoln County also made a move last year. In December, supervisors voted to move it to Clear Branch Baptist Church on Clear Branch Lane. The precinct kept the same name.

Bairfield said his office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to receive the final votes from those who will be out of town, working, have a disability that prohibits in-person voting or any other of the few provisions that allow absentee voting before the Nov. 6 general election.

This year’s general election features a special election for Mississippi’s Senate seat, currently held by Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, who was appointed in March by Gov. Phil Bryant to step in for longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, who resigned for health reasons.

Having the former state Commissioner of Agriculture, whose family lives in Brookhaven, on the ballot has made Lincoln Countians more aware of the race, said Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield.

That should translate to a good turnout Tuesday.

Hyde-Smith is facing Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who almost defeated Cochran in a 2014 election; Democrat Mike Espy, a former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; and Tobey Bernard Bartee, a former intelligence officer with the U.S. Navy.

Those voting absentee by mailed ballot must have their ballots returned to the circuit clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Monday.