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Runoffs set for Tuesday as Mississippi still feels effect of general election issues

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Tomorrow is run-off election day for voters in seven Mississippi counties.

With no House and Senate races going to a run-off, ballots will consist of local elections in the following counties:

  • Claiborne
  • Grenada
  • Hinds
  • Montgomery
  • Pontotoc
  • Sharkey
  • Tate

As always, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Make sure to have a photo ID and to download a sample ballot, click here.

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office has released the following reminders for voters who are planning to cast a ballot during the runoff elections:

  • In-Person Absentee Voting Deadline: The last day to absentee vote in person was Saturday, November 25.
  • Mail-In Absentee Voting Deadline: All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 28 and received by county Circuit Clerk Offices by December 5 in order to count.
  • Voter ID Affidavit Ballot Deadline: Voters who cast an affidavit ballot by reason of voter ID must present an acceptable form of photo ID to their Circuit Clerk’s Office by December 5.
  • Polling Place Location: Visit the polling place locator on the My Election Day portal, or contact your county Circuit Clerk’s Office or local Election Commissioners to verify your polling place.
  • Voter Photo ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot. Click here to view a list of acceptable photo IDs.
  • Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property, or to cause any disturbance about the polling place, even if more than 150 feet away.
  • Loitering: The polling places should be clear 30 feet from every entrance of all people except election officials, voters waiting to vote, or authorized poll watchers.
  • Camera Phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot.

At this time, two races that were called shortly after the general election are being challenged by the defeated candidates, which include the seats of central district public service commissioner and House representative for District 56.

Democrat Shannon Moman lost to Republican Clay Mansell by a little over 2,500 votes after all ballots were counted for the race in District 56. Moman has since confirmed that she will be filing an election challenge following the ballot shortage issues in Hinds County on the day of the general election.

She told WJTV that the challenge is not in an effort to flip the election in her favor, but rather to flesh out what issues took place and help find a solution for future elections.

One week prior, Republican incumbent Brent Bailey called for the examination of the ballot boxes shortly after Democrat De’Keither Stamps was declared the newly elected public service commissioner.

The outgoing public service commissioner for Mississippi’s central district received a little over 2,000 votes less than his opponent, according to the 97 percent of ballots that had been counted when the Associated Press called the election on Tuesday, November 14.

Bailey released that his main priority through the process is to ensure all state laws were upheld during the counting of the ballots, as well as to make sure that the voters’ voices throughout the district were accurately heard.

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