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More barriers at polls lead to fewer voters

The more people that vote, the better our democratic form of government works, right? Why then, News Editor Jonathan Scott asks, would we want to approve Initiative 27 which would make it more difficult for a number of voters across the state of Mississippi? Scott takes a look at the proposal and offers a suggestion if the measure passes next month. (October 28, 2011, Page 4A)

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    How do you pick your answers, candidates?

    When picking an answer on a quiz or voting in an election, did you realize you’re more likely to pick the first option if you’re not very sure about which to pick? Editor Don Whitten takes a look at that slight edge and its effect on elections. (October 12, 2011, Page 4)

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      In local elections, every single vote does count

      Think your vote doesn’t matter? Not so, says Staff Writer Alyssa Schnugg as she points out the close local races decided by less than 50 votes and one in Yalobusha County decided by eight votes. (August 25, 2011, Page 4)

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        Races to be decided Tuesday

        Voters will decide Tuesday who will be Lafayette County’s new tax assessor/collector during the runoff election. There are a total of four local races on the ballot. Voters will also finish choosing the Democratic nominee for governor and the Republican nominee for state treasurer. (August 22, 2011, Page 1A)

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          Some races may be decided Tuesday

          Several county races may be decided Tuesday during the primary election. Circuit Court Clerk Mary Alice Busby said her office has been busy leading up to the primary and hopes for at least a 40-percent voter turnout. (August 1, 2011, Page 1A)

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            Having to pick a line upsets some of us

            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)

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              Clearing up some election misinformation

              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)

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                More visitors? It’s election season, of course

                If your door bell rings or you hear a knock these days, it’s as likely to be a candidate looking for your vote and support as anyone. With election season in full swing, Editor Don Whitten reminds everyone to get registered and to learn the ins and outs of voting in primaries coming up in early August. (June 27, 2011, Page 4)

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                  Runoff election to decide transit position

                  While State Rep. Warner McBride took the majority of Lafayette County’s votes in Tuesday’s special election, it wasn’t enough to push him into a runoff for the seat of Northern District Transportation Commissioner.

                  Of the 1,718 votes cast locally Tuesday, Warner earned 937 votes. However, when the votes were counted from all the other counties in the district, it was candidates John Caldwell of DeSoto County and Mike Tagert of Starkville who both won 21 percent of the total votes, pushing them into a runoff election on Feb. 1 (January 12, 2011, Page 1A)

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                    Few voters at polls

                    Voters were trickling into Lafayette County’s 18 voting precincts this morning to cast their ballot for the candidate they think should fill the North Mississippi transportation commissioner seat that became vacant by the Nov. 1 death of Commissioner Bill Minor.

                    Turnout was expected to be low today due to possible icy road conditions left over from Sunday’s winter storm that dumped 8 inches of snow in Lafayette County. (January 11, 2011, Page 1)

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