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Elections

Local voters will cast their ballots for county, district and statewide officials in 2011. The general election is set for Nov. 8. To get ready, check out the resources below:

For more information on county offices and elections, visit the Lafayette County home page or the Mississippi Secretary of State's online Voter Information Guide.

Election spending slows as primary inches closer

With three weeks to the Aug. 2 primary election, spending on campaign expenses seems to have slowed down for many candidates. (July 13, 2011, Page 1)

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    Where to Vote

    For elections at the county, state and national levels, registered voters cast their ballots at the precinct assigned to them by the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office. View a map of precincts here. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    (more…) (July 8, 2011)

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      Registering to vote

      You can register to vote in the county where you live at any time, but you must be registered at least 30 days before an election to vote in that election. (To check 2011 election dates, see the calendar here.)

      You are eligible to register to vote if you:

      • Are an inhabitant of Mississippi, except persons judicially declared mentally incompetent; At least 18 years old (or will be by the date of the next general election);
      • Have been resident of the state, county, and supervisor’s district for 30 days;
      • Have never been convicted of any crime listed in Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution (murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement, or bigamy).

      Once you are registered, you generally remain registered indefinitely, unless you move or no longer meet one of the qualifications to vote.

      Lafayette County residents register to vote in the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office, on the first floor of the Lafayette County Courthouse at the center of the Oxford Square. You can also register to vote by mail. Download a voter registration form.

      Once registered, a voter will receive a voter registration card identifying your voting precinct location and address, legislative district, supervisor district, chancery and circuit court districts, justice court districts, Supreme Court district, school board district, and congressional districts.

      If you have questions about registering to vote, contact the Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s office at 234-4951 or call the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Elections Answerline at 1-800-829-6786. (July 8, 2011)

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        Saturday is last day to register for primary

        The last day to register to vote in the upcoming primary election on Aug. 2 is this Saturday. The Lafayette County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to accommodate last-minute voter registrations. (July 1, 2011, Page 3A)

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          Libertarian Party formed in Oxford

          The newly formed Lafayette County Libertarian Party meets at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Student Union at the University of Mississippi. (June 15, 2011, Page 2)

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            Election spending reports filed

            Candidates for local elections filed campaign contribution and expenses for the last four weeks. (June 14, 2011, Page 1)

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              Two Democrats qualify for House race

              Business owner Ron Shapiro and local attorney Hollaman “Holly” Raney have qualified to run as democrats against Republican candidate Brad Mayo in the race for House Representative.

               (June 14, 2011, Page 1)

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                House, Senate races heating up

                Several candidates filed just days before Wednesday’s deadline for state House of Representatives and Senate races. Lafayette County has four districts with elections coming up this year and one Senate race. See all who qualified in today’s EAGLE. (June 2, 2011, Page 1A)

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                  Former NFL, Ole Miss player enters senate race

                  Former NFL player Todd Wade has qualified to run as a Republican for the Mississippi 9th Senatorial District seat currently held by incumbent Democrat and Oxford attorney Gray Tollison. (May 24, 2011, Page 1)

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                    Funds low for election chests

                    Financially, the races for state Senate and House of Representatives are still fairly affordable for most candidates. Candidates had until May 10 to file financial reports. (May 17, 2011, Page 1)

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