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Polls open 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday

Polls are open today until 7 p.m. for voters to cast ballots in state, district and county elections.

Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot.

As of Monday morning, 58,070 Mississippians had requested absentee ballots for the general election, and 51,318 absentee ballots have been received back to the circuit clerks’ offices.

Lincoln Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield said 10,646 ballots total were cast in August. That’s 51 percent of the approximately 20,900 registered voters. Bairfield said he expects at least the same number of total ballots to be cast for the general election.

The Secretary of State’s office offers the following helpful information for voters:

• 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 within 150 feet of any

• 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. 

• Camera phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.