Absentee, early voting begins

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 21, 2008

VIDALIA — Early and absentee voting for the Nov. 4 presidential election is under way in the Miss-Lou.

In Concordia Parish, early voting for the election begins today.

Early voting — for which voters do not have to provide an excuse — can be done in person at the Concordia Parish Registrar of Voters Office in the parish courthouse between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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Early voting will end Oct. 28, though the registrar’s office can receive absentee ballots until Nov. 3.

In Adams County, absentee voting is ongoing.

Mississippi voters do have to provide an excuse for absentee voting.

To absentee vote, voters may contact the Circuit Clerk’s office to request an absentee ballot, or they may go there and absentee vote in person between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The office will also be open on the Saturdays of Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon.

After that, the only absentee voting that will be allowed will be by mail. Voters have until 5 p.m. Nov. 3 to return their ballots to the clerk’s office.

Reasons why someone may qualify to absentee vote in Adams County include serving active duty in the military or Red Cross, those who have moved but still live in Mississippi, hospitalized persons, the parents or spouses of persons hospitalized more than 50 miles away, college students or teachers, those aged 65 or older, those who are disabled, civilians who are attached to a military unit, members of the merchant marine, those who will be outside the county on election day or those who will be required to be at work during election hours.

For more information, contact the Concordia Parish Registrar of Voters at 318-336-7770 or the Adams County Circuit Clerk’s Office at 601-446-6326.