From press and staff reports
New Mississippi voters hoping to cast a ballot in the upcoming municipal primary elections have about two weeks to send in their voter registration application.
Additionally, Mississippians who are already registered to vote, but have recently moved or changed their name, must update their registration information in order to cast a ballot in the correct precinct on Primary Election Day.
Mississippi’s registration deadline is Saturday, April 1, 2017, or 30 days before primary polls open at 7 a.m. on May 2. Municipal Clerks’ offices will be open on April 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to accept in-person applications.
“Our communities are shaped by our local leaders, but governance begins at the ballot box when citizens cast their vote on Election Day,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said. “I am encouraging all eligible, voting age Mississippians to fill out and file their registration application today.”
A downloadable registration application, which should be mailed or delivered to the Circuit Clerk where the voter resides, is accessible on Y’all Vote, www.yallvote.sos.ms.gov, the Secretary of State’s new online voter information center.
An individual is eligible to register to vote if he or she is at least 18 years old, or will be 18 years old by June 6, 2017 (the date of the municipal general election); is a Mississippi resident; has not been convicted in a Mississippi court of a disenfranchising crime; and has not been adjudicated as mentally incompetent. Mississippi currently has more than 1.8 million active registered voters.
Citizens who have already registered to vote in Mississippi but moved since the last election or changed their name can update their information online at Y’all Vote. More than 1,000 voters in Mississippi have used the system since it was launched about six months ago.
A voter updating their registration information on Y’all Vote must provide his or her county, name, date of birth, and the last four digits of his or her social security number to locate previously-existing information in the Statewide Elections Management System. The voter must also be located in the Mississippi Department of Public Safety database by providing his or her name, address, date of birth, and driver’s license or identification number exactly as the information appears on a Mississippi-issued license or ID. After the voter’s address or name is updated, the new information is electronically-transmitted to the Circuit Clerk of the voter’s county of residence.
City of Louisville
All candidates have qualified on the Democratic ticket.
Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the following locations: Ward 1, Louisville Coliseum, 201 Ivy Avenue; Ward 2, Old National Guard Armory, 503 Pontotoc Street; Ward 3, Voting Building at Lovorn Tractor Company, 713 East John C. Stennis Drive; and Ward 4, Louisville Housing Authority Community Center, 605 West Main Street, Louisville. A map is posted at City Hall so you can see what ward you should vote in.
Incumbent Mayor Will Hill is unopposed, and has served as Mayor since 2009. Due to a change in state law, the position of City Clerk will no longer be an elected position.
The other candidates on this ballot are as follows: Ward 1 Alderman: Beth Warner Chandler, Richard L. Hunt, Glenda G. Johnson, and Drew Massey. Ward 2 Alderman: Judy H. McLeod. Ward 3 Alderman: Gwenita Mays and Stacy Thames. Ward 4 Alderman: Eugene Crosby and Charlie Miller. Incumbent Alderman At Large, Frances S. Ball will face challengers Thomas A. “Mike” Dowd, Gerald Hayes, and Liscelle Smyth.
The City Hall will be open on April 22 and April 29 for absentee voting. Call or come by the City Hall before the deadline if you need to request an application for an absentee ballot.
If anyone is interested in being a poll worker, please call Babs Fulton at the City Hall at 773-9201.
The town of Noxapater has released the list of candidates for the June 6 general election.
All five aldermen are seeking re-election without any opponents which means all will serve another four-year term. The aldermen are: Chris Wells, Lana Deese, Tommy Bartholomew, Brian Burrage, and Robert Wall.
Noxapater Mayor Sammy Carter will face Sharon Strickland in the election.
For more information about registering to vote for the first time in Mississippi or changing an address or name as a previously-existing active registered Mississippi voter, visit the Secretary of State’s website or call the Elections Division at (601) 576-2550.