In-person absentee voting ends Saturday

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 20, 2009

NATCHEZ — As of Thursday, 469 absentee ballots have been mailed for the Nov. 24 special election runoff for sheriff of Adams County.

The circuit clerk’s office has been very busy with in-person absentee voting for the last two-and-a-half weeks, and they don’t have a count for how many there have been, Circuit Clerk Eddie Walker said.

“It has been wild,” he said. “We have had a steady stream of voters coming in.

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“It’s not uncommon to have the people backed up at the counter waiting to absentee vote.”

In-person absentee voting ends Saturday.

The circuit clerk’s office will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The circuit clerk’s office can receive mail-in ballots until 5 p.m. Monday.

Those who can absentee vote in person include those who are going to be out of the county on Election Day, or whose work will keep them from voting during polling hours.

Those who can absentee vote by mail include college students, those older than 65, the permanently or temporarily disabled, members of the military, the merchant marine, the Red Cross, military contractors and those whose spouse or child is hospitalized at least 50 miles away from their home county.

The candidates in the race are Ray Brown and Chuck Mayfield.

During the primary, Brown received 3776 votes — approximately 35 percent of the vote — and Mayfield received 2,492 votes, approximately 23 percent, with the rest of the vote divided between five other candidates.

Adams County has 22,426 registered voters.