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:
- Hinds (2)
- 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.