Voters return to polls on June 24
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 1:00 AM
Neshoba County voters and others across the state will return to the polls on Tuesday, June 24 for run-off elections in both the Democratic and Republican parties.
Though returns from the first primary on June 3 have not been certified here and across the state, officials said Republican voters will chose between incumbent U. S. Senator Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel in the U. S. Senate race in the June 24 runoff election.
The winner will face Democratic nominee Travis W. Childers in the general election in November.
Democratic voters will decide between Douglas MacArthur (D. M.) Magee and Dennis C. Quinn in the race for U. S. House of Representatives, Third District. The winner will face incumbent Republican Gregg Harper in the general election.
Circuit Clerk Patti Duncan Lee expects Neshoba County's returns from the first primary to be certified today.
Three voters, who cast affidavit ballots in the first primary because they were unable to present a legitimate ID at the voting precinct, have five business days or until Tuesday at 5 p.m. to present a legitimate one in the circuit clerk's office in the courthouse, Lee said.
She expects all the counties to have their returns certified by Friday.
People who didn't vote in the June 3 primaries can vote in either the Democratic or Republican vote in the runoffs on June 24.
If a voter cast a ballot in the first Democratic primary, he or she cannot vote in the June 24 Republican runoff and vice-versa.
If a person voted in the Democratic primary, he or she can vote in the Democratic runoff. If a person voted in the Republican primary, he or she can vote in the Republican runoff on June 24.
Voters will once again be required to show an acceptable photo ID or vote by affidavit ballot on June 24. A legitimate photo ID must be provided to the circuit clerk's office within five days of that election for the affidavit ballot be counted, just like in the first primary.
Once all the ballots are certified, Lee said eligible voters would be able to cast absentee ballots at her office through noon on Saturday, June 21.
Her office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on that date for absentee voting.