Voter registration ends soon

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 30, 2004

NATCHEZ &045; Time is running out for those not registered to vote that want to have a say in the upcoming presidential election.

In Mississippi the deadline for voter registration is this Saturday. In Louisiana voter registration will end on Monday.

Adams County Circuit Clerk Binkey Vines said his office would be open Saturday for anyone wanting to register at the last minute. Those wanting to register can go to the clerk’s office in the courthouse or attend a voter registration drive.

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Vines and office personnel are visiting many of the area schools this week and will be at various other locations around town.

&uot;This is the first time I’ve seen so many different groups doing voter drives,&uot; Vines said. &uot;I’m very proud of that.

&uot;If you have an organization that would like to have us come out and do a voter drive we will be more than happy to try to coordinate that.&uot;

Vines said when he attends a drive at a school or organization he speaks for a few minutes about who can vote and what crimes disqualify voting privileges. He also carries all the necessary paperwork to register voters at the scene.

The circuit clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Those wishing to register don’t need to bring anything with them.

They will receive a voter registration card in return.

The Concordia Parish voter registration office will be open the rest of this work week and Monday for registration.

The Adams County Circuit Clerk’s office is now sending out absentee ballots up until the Thursday before the Nov. 2 election.

Absentee ballots have to be returned to the office by Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.

Those wishing to absentee vote in the office can do so between Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 at noon.

Anyone is eligible for absentee voting if they will not be in town on Election Day. Those over 65 can also come in early to vote.

In office absentee voting in the parish will be Oct. 21 to Oct. 26. The office will be open on Saturday, Oct. 23.