• See sample ballots on page 8A

Municipal voters will return to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots for Mayor and Board of Aldermen in Republican and Democratic primaries.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters will cast paper ballots, which will be counted electronically at city hall after polls close.

Those who qualify to vote absentee may do so now through Saturday at noon in the city clerk's office on Main Street.

City Clerk James Johnson said absentee voting had been brisk in recent days with 128 casting ballots by noon on Monday.

"I think we will have a good voter turnout on Election Day," he said.

The city has 4,865 registered votes: 1,282 in Ward 1; 1,184 in Ward 2; 1,142 in Ward 3 and 1,257 in Ward 4.

Ward 1 votes at the National Guard armory; Ward 2, Neshoba Baptist Center; Ward 3, Neshoba County Public Library; and Ward 4, Westside Community Center.

Thirty-five percent of the city's registered voters cast ballots in the 2009 municipal primaries.

Johnson urged voters to learn what ward they reside in as well as their proper polling place.

Last year's redistricting shifted some voters in Wards 3 and 4. In addition, the polling place for Ward 2 was moved from First United Methodist Church to the Neshoba Baptist Center.

While the deadline to register to vote in the May primaries has passed, residents can register now through noon on Saturday in order to vote in the June 4 general election.

The citywide liquor referendum will be on the general election ballot.

On the May 7 Republican ballot:

For Mayor: Joe Tullos and Roy White.

For Alderman-at-large: Willie Jackson.

For Alderman, Ward 1: Laura Bailey, Judy Joyner Caverhill, Josh Gamblin and Woody Reed.

For Alderman, Ward 2: Jim Fulton and Wright Griffis.

For Alderman, Ward 3: No Republican candidate.

For Alderman, Ward 4: No Republican candidate.

For Republican Executive Party Committee (vote for six): Steve Dansby, Kay W. Hamill, William E. Hamill Jr., Marion M. (Don) Perry, Patricia A. Trest and James Waltman.

On the Democrat ballot:

For Mayor: James A. Young.

For Alderman-at-large: Leroy Clemons and Jerry W. Smith.

For Alderman, Ward 1: John Cooke.

For Alderman, Ward 2: No Democrat candidate.

For Alderman, Ward 3: Ronnie Jenkins and James A. Tatum.

For Alderman, Ward 4: Mary D. (MayLois) Griffin, Bobbie J. Jackson, Cecil Nichols and Rudolph Tatum.

For Democratic Executive Party Committee (vote for six): Pashen T. Autry, Dwanna F. Davis, Tara N. Stribling, Eunice Latrice Thompson, Janice L. Thompson and Edward A. Williamson.

Runoff elections will be on May 21 if needed.

Those elected in June will take office on July 1.