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Mississippi primary election 2023: Tracking problems at the polls

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Residents across Mississippi have been heading to the polls to vote in this year’s primary elections, with the secretary of state’s office reporting a steady turnout throughout the state.

As of 11:00 a.m., varying issues have been reported at several polling sites, including:

  • Power outages in Washington County caused by inclement weather rendered two machines temporarily unavailable. Precincts followed emergency ballot procedures for respective machines. Power was restored at approximately 10:00 a.m.
  • Minor delays in polling place openings in the following counties:
    • DeSoto
    • Hinds (2)
    • Lowndes
  • Campaigning within 150 feet of a polling place
  • Precinct 526 in Madison County ran out of Republican ballots but has since been replenished
  • Precinct 36 in Leflore County ran out of Democratic ballots but has since been replenished
  • Old voter identification materials containing a picture of the former Secretary of State located at precincts in Rankin and Harrison Counties
  • Late precinct changes in Hinds County:
    • Pinehaven precinct (formerly located at Sumner Hill Middle School) moved to Clinton Fire Station located at 1973 Pinehaven Drive
    • Eudora Welty Library precinct relocated to the Old Capital Inn

Secretary Michael Watson is reminding Mississippians that polls will close at 7:00 p.m., but any voter in line before then is entitled to cast a ballot.

Problems at the polls will be referred to the authorities, including the attorney general’s office or the appropriate district attorney’s office.

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