NASD referendum: Voters decide on school bonds today

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NATCHEZ — Adams County voters will decide today whether or not to allow the public school district to borrow $35 million for a district-wide school building project.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today across the county.

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The Natchez-Adams School District seeks approval for the $35 million bond issue for its building program. The plan, as presented by district leaders but not yet approved by the school board would build a new high school and renovate Natchez High School, Morgantown Middle School and McLaurin Elementary School.

Election Commissioner Larry Gardner said if voters could remember where they voted in the November presidential election that will be their polling place today.

Gardner said voters could look on their voter registration card or pull the information up on the secretary of state’s website by keying in their address.

Gardner said voters could also call the circuit clerk’s office at 601-446-6326 or the election commission at 601-445-7905.

When voters come to the polls, Gardner said they must bring a photo ID, which could include a military identification card, a driver’s license, a passport or a school or college identification card.

If voters experience any issues voting, Gardner said to contact the election commission at 601-445-7905.

Gardner said he is not sure what turnout might look like.

“This is the first county-wide special election I have ever run during in almost 30 years, so I have no idea what to expect,” Gardner said. “There seems to be a lot of activity by the people involved in the public schools to get people out to vote, but I don’t know if they will turn out or not.”

Absentee ballots received this election have been low, Circuit Clerk Eddie Walker said. Walker said the county has received 319 absentee ballots. For countywide elections such as this, Walker said an average is 1,800 to 2,000.

Gardner said the county does not normally have elections in May, so judging by absentees may be difficult. Gardner said most college students would be home from school at this time of year.

“I am just hoping we have good weather,” Gardner said. “If we have good weather, we will have a better turnout. If we have bad weather, we will have a bad turnout.”

The National Weather Service Jackson office projects today to be mostly cloudy, with a 30 percent chance of rain. Tuesday night, thunderstorms are likely before 1 a.m.

Gardner said he hopes turnout is good today.

“Having a good turnout gives you a real indication of the will of the people,” he said. “If you have low voter turnout, then you wonder what people really thought about it. I hope people come out and vote.”