All county circuit clerk’s offices are open today, Saturday, and next Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for absentee voting. Next Saturday will be the final day to vote absentee in the office.
The number of absentee votes in Alcorn County had reached 793 Friday morning and was expected to top 800 before the day ended, said Deputy Clerk Crystal Starling. She said it appears to be on about the same pace as absentee voting in the last presidential election.
Last year’s election for county and state offices had 830 absentee votes. Presidential years are the biggest, and the 2012 contest had 1,434 absentees.
Election observers anticipate a busy day at the polls on Nov. 8.
“I’ve warned my people, you better be on your toes,” said First District Election Commissioner John Peebles. “There won’t be any card playing in between voters this time or reading a book.”
At first, he was not sure this election would draw a huge turnout.
“The more this thing has rolled on, and, as I like to say, ‘This circus has performed,’ everybody’s attention is on it now,” said Peebles. “You get on social media, and it’s all about the election. There’s nothing else.”
Because some people only vote in the presidential elections, the office expects to see a few voter I.D. issues. Many types of photo I.D. can be presented — even an expired driver’s license, if it is less than 10 years old. The clerk’s office can issue an I.D. anytime it is open, free of charge, even on election day.
Residents who need to make address corrections would need to do so by early Monday in order for them to be included in the poll books.
Residents can view a map to the correct voting location and a sample ballot online by visiting www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace.