Official: Absentee turnout ‘very low’ for Tuesday’s presidential primary

Published 7:40 pm Thursday, March 5, 2020

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NATCHEZ — Mississippi’s presidential primary will be Tuesday and absentee voting has been underway for a few weeks.

Adams County Circuit Clerk Eva Givens said turnout so far has been disappointing with only 170 absentee ballots cast so far as of Thursday morning.

“Our turnout is not what I expected it to be,” Givens said Thursday. “The turn out is very low. I don’t know why, because it has been on the news. You see all the debates. I would think they should know we have an election coming.”

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To accommodate absentee voters, the Adams County Circuit Clerk’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 7, Givens said.

Below are the races and candidates who will be on the ballots in Tuesday’s presidential primaries.

Democratic ballots

Democratic Party Presidential candidates are Joseph Biden, Michael R. Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Deval Patrick, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.

As of Thursday, however, the only candidates remaining in the race for the Democratic Party presidential nomination are Joseph Biden, Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard.

Democratic Party U.S. Senate candidates are Tobey Bernard Bartee, Jenson Bohren and Mike Espy.

Democratic Party U.S. House of Representatives Third District candidates and Dorothy “Dot” Benford and Katelyn Lee.

Republican ballots

Republican Party Presidential candidates are Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, Donald J. Trump and Bill Weld.

Republican Party U.S. Senate candidate is incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith.

Republican Party U.S. House of Representative Third District candidates are incumbent Michael Guest and challenger James Tulp.