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Runoff absentee voting under way

NATCHEZ — This is the last week for early votes to be cast before the Tuesday, June 23, runoff election, which will decide the Democratic Party nomination for Natchez Ward 4 Alderman.

In the June 2 primary election, incumbent Democrat Felicia Bridgewater Irving garnered 345 votes, or 47.65% of the vote, and Democratic challenger, Michael Calcote, got 282 votes, or 38.95% of the vote.

The runoff election will decide which candidate will run against Republican candidate Brenda Floyd in the July 14 general election.

Early voting can be done by requesting a ballot in person at the City Clerk’s office at Natchez City Hall, 124 S. Pearl St. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or between 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, by calling 601-445-7507 or by email to sfortenberry@natchez.ms.us.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday, June 22, to be counted, Natchez City Clerk Servia Fortenberry said.

All absentee ballots and applications should be mailed separately to the address that is pre-printed on the label, P.O. Box 1185 Natchez, 39121, and cannot be hand-delivered, Fortenberry said.

The back of the absentee ballot envelope must be signed with the voter and witness signature.

Fortenberry said general election ballots would not be available until after the runoff election is over and the results have been finalized.