Absentee voting begins Monday in county

Published 12:04 am Sunday, October 1, 2017

NATCHEZ — Absentee ballot voting begins Monday for the Nov. 7 special election at the Adams County Circuit Clerk’s office.

The election was called earlier this year due to a vacancy in District 5 on the election commission, and subsequently a justice court judge and county prosecutor both retired.

A total of 10 people have qualified for the three positions that will be on the ballot. Three have qualified for county prosecutor and six for justice court judge. Alma Fletcher is running unopposed for District 5 Election Commissioner.

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For justice court judge in the southern district, Danny Barber, Timothy Blalock, Jack Blaney, Eileen Mary Maher, Stanley N. “Bucky” Merritt and Diania Marie Walker-Paige have qualified.

Bryan Callaway, Shameca Collins and Scott Pintard have qualified for county prosecutor.

Adams County Circuit Clerk Eddie Walker said people who are going to be out of town on Nov. 7 for a legitimate reason could come by with a government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license, and vote.

A legitimate reason to miss the election could be that you are away for college or out of town for work that day. Walker said if anyone had a question about what a legitimate reason might be, they could call the circuit clerk’s office for help.

Those away for college have two options, Walker said. They can have the form mailed to them, but it would have to be mailed both ways and the signature would need to be notarized.

Walker said the two Saturdays leading up to Nov. 7, Nov. 4 and Oct. 28, the office would be open from 8 a.m. until noon. Walker said if students would be in town one of those weekends, they could vote Saturday.

“You can come by anytime and vote, but we will be open those two Saturdays if you are working long days, you can come by those two Saturdays,” Walker said. “If you are away for school and will be in that Friday night, you can come in during the morning and vote.”

For more information, call the circuit clerk’s office at 601-446-6326.