Courthouse open Saturday for absentee votingBy SPECIAL TO THE PRESS REGISTER,
CLARKSDALE – The Coahoma County Circuit Clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday for the upcoming March 10 primary election.
The March Primary will see voters pick presidential, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senate and levee board candidates for both the Democratic and Republican party.
Coahoma County Circuit Clerk Demetria Jackson said her office will also be open Saturday to allow voters to register and be able to cast a ballot. The process basically requires a citizen to fill out a simple form.
“We will have the ballots ready,” said Jackson. “It’s not that hard, but you do have to be properly registered to vote and know what district or where you will be voting.”
Jackson said all that can be quickly determined by the Circuit Clerk’s office.
Voters will have to declare a party and are reminded only those who voted in the first party primary will be allowed to vote in a runoff.
With several surrounding communities noted for a higher than usual number of absentee ballots cast in recent elections, Coahoma County officials are doing their part to make sure all ballots are cast properly.
Jackson said voting an absentee ballot is complex and they work hard to help people make sure their vote counts if they are going to be out of town on Election Day or if they are physically unable to get to the polls.
Marking the ballot is the easy part.
The difficulty comes in following the instructions for mailing in both the application and ballot back to the Circuit Clerk’s office.
Voters must sign their name at some very specific spots and in a very specific way and the correct form must be placed in the right envelop for the ballot to count. Voters also have to get it to the Circuit Clerk’s office before the deadline for their vote to count.
That’s why Circuit Clerk officials are urging people voting absentee ballots to come by the Circuit Clerk’s office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Clarksdale.
Also Mississippi voter identification law requires voters to bring some type of photo ID with them to the polls. This means voters without acceptable identification must vote on a provisional ballot and also take additional steps after Election Day for it to be counted.
State and federal law require voters to register in the district they will vote in 30-days prior to the election.
The Coahoma County Circuit Clerk’s office can be reached at 662-624-3014.