Large turnout expected in today’s election

Published 12:18 am Tuesday, November 5, 2019

NATCHEZ — Adams County election workers said they are expecting a large turnout for today’s general election.

As of Monday afternoon some 825 absentee ballots had been cast, said Larry Gardner, election commission member.

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Gardner said the number of absentee ballots is higher than the last general election for county offices four years ago.

“Four years ago none of the local candidates had any opposition, so all of the local candidates had all been settled by the time we got to the general election,” Gardner said. “In this particular case, we have got a good bit of opposition — the largest number of independent candidates I’ve ever seen, so I’m thinking that should bring more people out.”

Gardner said four years ago fewer than 40% of registered voters went to the polls.

“Hopefully, we’ll get a higher number this time than we did four years ago,” Gardner said.

On the ballots today are statewide races for governor, lt. governor, secretary of state, state representatives and state senators and other statewide offices as well as many candidates to fill Adams County offices including circuit clerk and sheriff.

Gardner said the weather should be good today.

“You have no reason not to get out and vote,” Gardner said. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. and voters present a photo identification.