Absentee balloting underway

Published 12:01 am Saturday, June 16, 2018

NATCHEZ — Absentee voting for party primary runoffs in races for U.S. House of Representatives 3rd Congressional District and U.S. Senate will be open at the Adams County Courthouse for the next week.

Balloting is underway in the Adams County Circuit Clerk’s office, located within the courthouse at 115 S. Wall St., today and next Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, circuit clerk Eddie Walker said. Those who cannot make it to the polls for the runoff election on June 26 have until noon Saturday, June 23, to cast an absentee ballot at the courthouse or until 5 p.m. June 25 to mail in a ballot.

Those who did not vote in the first primary, Walker said, are still eligible to vote in the second primary, though people who voted on June 5 must vote within the same party lines in the second primary. For example, those who casted a vote for the Republican primary for U.S. Senate cannot vote in the Democratic runoff and vice versa.

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Candidates in the U.S. Senate Democratic primary runoff are:

* David Baria, current Mississippi representative for District 122, which includes Bay St. Louis

* Howard Sherman, co-founder of Hope Village for Children, which he and his wife have run for approximately two decades

Candidates in the U.S. House of Representatives 3rd Congressional District Republican runoff are:

* Michael Guest, the current district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties

* Whit Hughes, a former deputy director of the Mississippi Development Authority and current foundation president and chief development officer of Baptist Health Systems

Each winner will make the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election. The winner of the Democratic U.S. Senate primary runoff election will face off against incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, while the winner of the Republican U.S. House primary runoff will face Democratic state Rep. Michael Ted Evans and Reform Party candidate Michael Holland.