Former Gov. Bill Waller writes to say that elections results and numbers from the Aug. 2 primary show that Mississippi needs to drop its closed primary system and replace it with an open primary. (August 15, 2011, Page 4A)
Look for a precinct-by-precinct breakdown tomorrow in The Oxford EAGLE. As of 11 p.m., here are the results with all 18 precincts reporting, including absentee and affidavit ballots:
(more…) (August 2, 2011)
Perhaps you have your Election Day schedule all planned out. Before, or after, voting, there’s one more thing that Editor Don Whitten says you should think about doing – thank all of the candidates for running and making the election process work. (August 1, 2011, Page 4A)
Local columnist T.J. Ray isn’t all that excited about some of the things that are part of election season, but he is sure about one thing – anyone qualified to vote should be voting Tuesday, Aug. 2. (August 1, 2011, Page 4A)
Julie and Geoffrey Yoste write to give their reasons for supporting Billy Hewes for lieutenant governor in next week’s Republican primary. (July 27, 2011, Page 4A)
The closer it gets to voting on Aug. 2, the madder some folks get about the limitations of Mississippi’s primary voting rules. Editor Don Whitten is among those voters, and he points out that he’d like to vote for people on both the Democratic and Republican tickets but is going to have to decide which one to pick. (July 25, 2011, Page 4)
With the August primaries less than two weeks away, it’s time for people to start deciding who they will cast ballots for. Editor Don Whitten reminds readers about the importance of voting while also taking on a few bits of misinformation or misunderstandings that some voters might have about their votes. (July 20, 2011, Page 4A)
When strange men start knocking on her door, local columnist Deidra Jackson knows it must be election time. Jackson takes a look at the door-to-door campaigning and offers a few tips to those who are out to sway those who’ll be voting in upcoming elections. (July 14, 2011, Page 4)
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)
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)