Secretary of State gives Mississippi election update

Secretary of State gives Mississippi election update

MISSISSIPPI (WDAM) - The Secretary of State has issued a news release updating the state on how the Mississippi elections have progressed thus far.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said he continues to receive reports of strong consistent voter turnout.

The call volume into the Elections Hotline has been steady, with most calls relating to polling location and voter registration inquiries, according to Hosemann.  Those needing help finding their polling location can visit The Secretary of State's website.

"Our Elections Division continues to address and answer individual questions," Secretary Hosemann said.  "So far, problems at the polls reported to our Agency have been minimal, isolated, and quickly rectified.  Mississippians have been courteous to one another and to our poll workers, who are working hard to make sure voters are moved through polling places efficiently."

Observers from the Secretary of State's Office are reporting voting percentages of between 36 and 44 percent at random polling places across the State as of 4 p.m. These percentages do not include absentee voting, which averages about 6 percent statewide, according to Hosemann.

Hosemann stressed to voters whose names do not appear in the poll books to cast an affidavit ballot at their polling place.

"Mississippi voters are encouraged to close strongly and take a few minutes to vote on the way home tonight," Secretary Hosemann said.  "Your country, military, and our State will be better for your participation."

Polls are open until 7 p.m.  Voters standing in line at 7 p.m. are entitled to vote.

If you or someone you know has problems at the polls or other questions should be directed to the Secretary of State's Election Hotline at (800) 829-6786.