Steady turnout at the polls, several issues reported to State

An election worker scans a voter's driver's license prior to issuing a paper ballot at Spann...
An election worker scans a voter's driver's license prior to issuing a paper ballot at Spann Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2023.(Rogelio V. Solis | AP)
Published: Aug. 8, 2023 at 12:24 PM CDT
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JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi’s 2023 Primary Election Day has not been without a few issues at the polls, the Secretary of State’s Office said.

As of 11 a.m., Secretary Michael Watson’s office released this status update amid reports of a steady turnout at the polls and high traffic on the Elections Hotline (800) 829-6786.

We have reports of varying issues including:

  • Power outages in Washington County caused by inclement weather rendered two machines temporarily unavailable. Precincts followed emergency ballot procedures for respective machines. Power was restored at approximately 10:00 a.m.
  • Minor delays in polling place openings in the following counties:
  1. DeSoto
  2. Hinds (2)
  3. Lowndes
  • Campaigning within 150 feet of a polling place
  • Precinct 526 in Madison County ran out of Republican ballots but has since been replenished
  • Precinct 36 in Leflore County ran out of Democratic ballots but has since been replenished
  • Old voter identification materials containing a picture of the former Secretary of State located at precincts in Rankin and Harrison Counties

Late precinct changes in Hinds County:

  • Pinehaven precinct (formerly located at Sumner Hill Middle School) moved to Clinton Fire Station located at 1973 Pinehaven Drive
  • Eudora Welty Library precinct relocated to the Old Capital Inn

Polls close at 7 p.m. Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot.

Problems at the polls observed by State observers or otherwise reported to our Elections Division will be referred to the authorities, including the Attorney General’s Office or the appropriate District Attorney’s Office. As a reminder, the Secretary of State’s Office has no enforcement authority over election-related issues.

As a reminder, Primary Elections are conducted by each political party’s respective County Executive Committee.

For questions or to report issues, call the Elections Division at (800) 829-6786, email, or visit

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