Adams County does not have inflated voter rolls

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NATCHEZ — Adams County’s voter rolls are accurate and organized, Election Commissioner Larry Gardner said.

The county uses the Statewide Election Management System to organize the voter rolls, and hasn’t run into problems some Mississippi counties have faced.

In some counties, rolls reflect voters who no longer live in the state or are even dead.

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It takes constant vigilance to make sure voter rolls stay up to date — checking with the DMV, keeping up with death notices — and that’s exactly what the Adams County election commission does, Gardner said.

“Here in Adams County we’re in pretty good shape, I feel,” he said.

And that’s a good thing, since voting has already begun in force.

Circuit Clerk Eddie Walker said absentee voting began Sept. 22 but as of late, the voters have been coming in by the dozens.

“Right now it’s quite hectic,” he said. “We’ve been pretty much constantly busy since last Thursday.”

Gardner said on Friday when absentee voting wrapped up for the day, 729 ballots had been cast.

With paper ballots being indicative of what the actual turnout will be like, Gardner said Tuesday should not disappoint.

“We’re going to have a good voter turnout,” he said.

Absentee voting concludes at noon Saturday.