Election Day: High voter turnout, minor problems in Mississippi

Mississippians cast their ballots at a polling center in Brandon.
Mississippians cast their ballots at a polling center in Brandon.

UPDATE: The Secretary of State’s Office is still monitoring polling locations and issues throughout the state.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said his office has continued to receive reports of strong consistent voter turnout today.

The call volume into the Elections Hotline has been steady, with most calls relating to polling location and voter registration inquiries.

“Our Elections Division continues to address and answer individual questions,” Secretary Hosemann said.  “So far, problems at the polls reported to our Agency have been minimal, isolated, and quickly rectified.  Mississippians have been courteous to one another and to our poll workers, who are working hard to make sure voters are moved through polling places efficiently.”

Observers from the Secretary of State’s Office are reporting voting percentages of between 36 and 44 percent at random polling places across the State as of 4 p.m. These percentages do not include absentee voting, which averages about 6 percent statewide.

As a reminder, voters whose names do not appear in the pollbooks are permitted to cast an affidavit ballot at their polling place.

“Mississippi voters are encouraged to close strongly and take a few minutes to vote on the way home tonight,” Secretary Hosemann said.  “Your country, military, and our State will be better for your participation.”

Polls are open until 7 p.m.  Voters standing in line at 7 p.m. are entitled to vote.

Problems at the polls or other questions should be directed to the Secretary of State’s Election Hotline at (800) 829-6786.

Visit our Polling Place Locator on the Secretary of State’s web site to find your polling place.

 


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) —  There’s been high voter turnout and long lines at many polling locations across the state, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said there have been minor problems reported at some polling places across the State.

“Despite poor weather in parts of the State, voters are getting out to vote for our next elected leaders,” Secretary Hosemann said.

Below is a list of some of the issues that have occurred:

  • Jackson County: In some precincts, electronic pollbooks were not operational at 7 a.m. and did not have paper back-ups, which delayed checking in voters.  The problems have been rectified.
  • Madison County: At the Ridgeland Recreational Center polling place, machines were not operational promptly at 7 a.m.  Voting continued by paper, and now the machines are fully operational.

Polls are open until 7 p.m.  Voters standing in line at 7 p.m. are entitled to vote.

Problems at the polls or other questions should be directed to the Secretary of State’s Election Hotline at (800) 829-6786.

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