Adams County voting kicks off with steady turnout

Published 11:42 am Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Voting in the Adams County Courthouse has been steady Tuesday morning. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

Voting in the Adams County Courthouse has been steady Tuesday morning. (Ben Hillyer / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Voting in Adams County has been steady but not heavy in Tuesday’s elections.

“Voting started out brisk but it has slowed down to a mid-morning lull,” Election Commissioner Larry Gardner said. “We expect it to pick back up around 5 p.m. until polls close at 7 p.m.”

Gardner said the election commission had not fielded any complaints as of mid-morning, though a few area residents had to cast affidavit ballots because they’d shown up at the wrong precinct.

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“I am glad we are having a slow day (in the election commission office), because it means the voters aren’t having any problems,” Gardner said.

Most voters had to wait less than a minute by mid-morning to cast their ballots.

On the ballot in Adams County are races for U.S. Senate and the Third Congressional District, Adams County Court Judge, a constitutional amendment that will guarantee the right to hunt and fish and several unchallenged judicial seats.

This year is a mid-term election, which tend to trend for low voter turnout nationally.

But after casting her ballot Tuesday, Melanie Miller Downer said she never misses an election.

“I think it is my responsibility,” she said. “It is something I feel is very important — I don’t think you have a right to complain if you don’t vote.”

The race that drew Downer’s interest most was the local county court race.

“I know several of the candidates, but I have known one of them a little bit longer than the rest, and I think he will do the best job,” she said.

Voter Charles Johnson likewise said he always votes, no matter what the election.

The race that most captivated his attention this cycle was the U.S. Senate campaign, Johnson said.

“They are paid to do a job, but no work is getting done through the Senate,” he said. “It just sits on (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid’s desk. Do you think if you were paid to do a job and you didn’t do it, they would keep you around?”