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Ignore the circus of race; cast a ballot

Go vote. That is the best advice anyone will give you today.

Put aside the vitriol. Ignore the name-calling. Just cast a ballot. 

Below are a few reminders about the runoff today:

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Lincoln Countians can cast a ballot for candidates in the U.S. Senate special election runoff and Court of Appeals general election runoff. Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot.

Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield is expecting a high turnout for the runoff. Based on the number of absentee votes already received since the general election, Bairfield thinks at least a quarter of the 22,600 registered voters in Lincoln County will cast a vote in one or both of the runoffs on the ballot. Voters will choose between Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Lawrence County native who lives on a farm in Lincoln County with her husband, Michael Smith, and Democrat Mike Espy in the special election runoff for U.S. Senate.

Also on the ballot are David McCarty and Jeff Weill Sr. in the general election runoff for Court of Appeals District 4 Position 2.

Other important information for Runoff Election Day:

• Voter Photo ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot. An affidavit ballot may be counted if the voter provides an acceptable form of photo identification to the Circuit Clerk’s Office within five business days after the election. For more information, visit www.msvoterID.ms.gov.

• Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate on the ballot within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property.

• Loitering: The polling places should be clear for 30 feet from every entrance of all people except elections officials, voters waiting to vote, or authorized poll watchers.