Absentee ballots cast could predict Nov. 2nd turnout - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Election officials: Absentee ballots cast could predict Nov. 2nd turnout

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Up for grabs in South Mississippi are a congressional seat and several judgeships among other races. Harrison County election officials say the number of absentee ballots coming in may fore shadow the turnout at the polls in November.

Election Day is a little more than two weeks away but for Amy Snyder and Doris Williams the decisions came early. They cast absentee ballots because on November 2nd they will be working the polls.

"We are not able to leave the polls the day of the election so we come early to absentee so that help us," said Williams.

Congressional and judges races aren't typically big draws in Harrison County. The circuit clerk says usually about 15 percent of the county's 95,000 registered voters cast ballots. With more than 600 absentee ballots cast so far, she's hopeful this time will be different.

"There's been a lot of interest out there now,"said Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker. "People are taking more of an interest with what's been going on in our country and military and there is a lot of interest there so hopefully we will have a larger turnout."

This election season is also inspiring some people who say they haven't voted in years to register.

Clinthea Devillier says for years she felt too busy to vote because she was busy taking care of a family, but now she and her husband are ready to make voting a priority.

"I chose to register because it is my privilege to vote. I need to let my voice be heard," Devillier said.

Snyder and Williams say the word on the street is that the November 2nd election day is going to be a very busy day for poll workers.

"I think it's going to be a buy election also," said Williams. "I can tell by the people talking and also the signs that are going up. They are everywhere. "

Amy Snyder said, "Our precinct, I think it's going to be a really good turn out."

Harrison County officials say voters can cast absentee ballots every week day until October 29th, or on Saturday October 23rd and Saturday October 30th from 8am until noon.

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Jackson Co. man charged with child's death appears in court

    Jackson Co. man charged with child's death appears in court

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:00 PM EST2018-02-22 18:00:32 GMT
    A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder.  (Photo source: WLOX)A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder. (Photo source: WLOX)
    A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder.  (Photo source: WLOX)A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, is charged with capital murder. (Photo source: WLOX)

    A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, was charged with capital murder Thursday after Tanner Cowart died at USA Medical Center in Mobile.

    More >>

    A man accused of killing his girlfriend's 7-month-old son made his first court appearance Thursday. Michael Harris, 27, was charged with capital murder Thursday after Tanner Cowart died at USA Medical Center in Mobile.

    More >>
  • Stone Middle School student charged with cyberstalking

    Stone Middle School student charged with cyberstalking

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:17 AM EST2018-02-22 16:17:12 GMT

    A 15-year-old student at Stone Middle School will be charged with cyberstalking in connection with a threat on social media. And the district attorney is considering whether to charge him as an adult. 

    More >>

    A 15-year-old student at Stone Middle School will be charged with cyberstalking in connection with a threat on social media. And the district attorney is considering whether to charge him as an adult. 

    More >>
  • Hancock County officials investigating middle school threat

    Hancock County officials investigating middle school threat

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:16 AM EST2018-02-22 16:16:03 GMT
    School leaders in Hancock County say they've identified the student who made the threat, taken the child into custody for questioning and say no weapon was ever found.  (Photo source: WLOX)School leaders in Hancock County say they've identified the student who made the threat, taken the child into custody for questioning and say no weapon was ever found.  (Photo source: WLOX)

    School leaders in Hancock County are investigating a threat of a school shooting at Hancock Middle School. So far they've identified the student who made the threat, taken the child into custody for questioning and say no weapon was ever found. 

    More >>

    School leaders in Hancock County are investigating a threat of a school shooting at Hancock Middle School. So far they've identified the student who made the threat, taken the child into custody for questioning and say no weapon was ever found. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly