JACKSON, Miss.- The next four years of leadership of the state of Mississippi will be decided in the coming months, so be sure to be reading up on your favorite candidates. Every major political figure in the state is running for re-election.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says that voter turnout in the state of Mississippi is not as high as he would prefer.
“We, typically, in Mississippi, don’t have as good of a turnout as I would like,” Hosemann said. “Often times we find ourselves voting 20 or 30 percent of the eligible voters.”
He says that’s why your vote is so important, because with the low voter turnout, yours could count for two or three votes.
Hosemann says the most important thing when getting ready to vote in a state or local election is to know where you stand with each candidate.
“Every time we go through this, we find people that wait till the last minute to decide, and then they’re not sure who they want to vote for when they get to the polls,” he added. “This slows down the voting process, and you’re not an informed voter.”
The primary election will be held August 4th, with the primary run-off to follow on August 25th. The general election will take place November 3rd, with that primary to follow on the 24th of that month.
For all local elections, you can find your list of candidates on your respective circuit clerk’s website. For a list of all the candidates in the state elections, you can find it on the Secretary of State’s website:
To listen to News Mississippi’s entire interview with Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, listen below: