Absentee ballots double from last election, large turnout expected

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - With polls about open for mid-term elections, if absentee ballots are any indication, it's sure to be a large turnout.

In Forrest County, Circuit Clerk, Lou Ellen Adams says absentee ballots are already double what they were four years ago. Folks in the Pine Belt will be electing judges as well as a congressional representative.

Depending on where you live, you may have to actually write-in a candidate for one of the judges' races. Poll machines have been tested, which in Forrest County means about 170 of them going to 33 different precincts.

"Well this is the calm before the storm. Saturday at noon was the last day to vote absentee. I anticipate a good turnout. Even though they have predicted rain, we're so thankful for the rain, but I don't want that to deter anybody from voting. We need the rain so bad, but we also need the votes," said Adams.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann will also be making rounds to make sure any problems or concerns are dealt with. Poll will open at 7 am.

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