Voters go to polls today in county elections

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 17, 2003

NATCHEZ &045; With a number of state and local posts up for grabs, polls are expected to be active during today’s general election in Adams County.

Actually, there’s already been plenty of voting activity &045; 725 absentee ballots and 10 affidavit ballots have been filled out at the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

&uot;And I’m expecting a large turnout&uot; for today’s elections, Circuit Clerk M.L. &uot;Binkey&uot; Vines said. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Choices on today’s ballot include:

4For governor: incumbent Ronnie Musgrove (D), Haley Barbour (R), John Thomas Cripps (Cons), Sherman Lee Dillon (Gre) or Shawn O’Hara (Ref).

4Lieutenant governor: Barbara Blackmon (D), incumbent Amy Tuck (R) or Anna J. Reives (Ref).

4Adams County sheriff: Ronny Brown (D) or incumbent Tommy Ferrell (R).

4Coroner: Incumbent James Lee (D) or John Pullen (I).

4District 1 supervisor: Incumbent Sammy Cauthen (R) or Jerry Lyles (D).

4District 2 supervisor: Brad Fondren (R) or Henry Watts (D).

One thing voters should keep in mind is that they can switch parties this time around &045; as opposed to primary elections, which feature separate Republican and Democratic ballots.

&uot;This time, they vote for the individual, not the party,&uot; Vines said. &uot;Also, voters need to make sure that if they go (to the polls) and their name isn’t in the poll book, they need to ask for an affidavit ballot,&uot; he said.

However, Election Commission Chairman Larry Gardner said he does not expect nearly as many affidavit ballots to be cast today as there were in the primary election.

That is because many of those voters’ addresses have since been corrected in the Election Commission’s computers, Gardner said.

The only other notable change in effect for this election is that military ballots will be counted even if they arrive today.

That change, which was mandated by the federal government, was supposed to go into affect for next year’s elections, but election officials decided to put it in effect for today’s elections, Gardner said.