Officials: Absentee voting slow for special election - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Officials: Absentee voting slow for special election

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

By Danielle Thomas - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Now that the New Year's ball has dropped and Christmas trees are coming down, Harrison County election officials hope people will again have voting on their minds. In 10 days a special election will determine who the new representative will be for Mississippi House District 116.

Voting officials say they hope the slow start to absentee voting is not a sign of what's to come on election day. In fact, officials say since absentee voting began for House District 116 very few people have cast ballots.

"I think there's probably been low turnout because falling with the holidays and people are probably distracted with that,"said Jill Moran, Harrison County Deputy Circuit Clerk. "Busy with their holiday plans and traveling. So maybe this week some people will come in and vote and cast their ballot early."

On January 11th, more than 12,000 registered voters living in parts of Biloxi and D'Iberville will be able to choose among eight candidates. Officials say because of the way district lines are drawn, some precincts are split.  This means not everyone in the precinct will be eligible to vote in the race.

"They can call us and we can let them know which precinct they're in, which spilt they're in," said Moran.

Whoever wins the special election will have to run again in November to retain the seat. As of January 1st, anyone who wants to run for state house or state senate in November can go by their Circuit Clerk's office and pick up a qualification packet.

"We have the forms here in the office. Just come out here and fill out the form," Moran said. There is a $15 fee that goes to the party. So they just fill that out and that's all they need to do."

Voters can cast absentee ballots at the Harrison County Circuit Clerk's office this week. The offices will be open Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and on Saturday from 8 am to noon.

The governor called a special election after Steven Palazzo won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Copyright 2010 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • 18-year-old accused of shooting two brothers

    18-year-old accused of shooting two brothers

    Friday, August 17 2018 1:05 PM EDT2018-08-17 17:05:32 GMT
    Fa'Darius Williams, 18, is accused of shooting two brothers in Jackson County Thursday night. (Source: JCSO)Fa'Darius Williams, 18, is accused of shooting two brothers in Jackson County Thursday night. (Source: JCSO)
    Fa'Darius Williams, 18, is accused of shooting two brothers in Jackson County Thursday night. (Source: JCSO)Fa'Darius Williams, 18, is accused of shooting two brothers in Jackson County Thursday night. (Source: JCSO)

    An 18-year-old from St. Martin is behind bars after authorities say he shot two brothers Thursday night.

    More >>

    An 18-year-old from St. Martin is behind bars after authorities say he shot two brothers Thursday night.

    More >>
  • Remembering Hurricane Camille 49 years later

    Remembering Hurricane Camille 49 years later

    Friday, August 17 2018 12:50 PM EDT2018-08-17 16:50:56 GMT
    A boat washed ashore after Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969A boat washed ashore after Hurricane Camille on August 17, 1969

    For many in South Mississippi, the night of August 17, 1969 will always be a terrifying memory as Hurricane Camille slammed into the coast.

    More >>

    For many in South Mississippi, the night of August 17, 1969 will always be a terrifying memory as Hurricane Camille slammed into the coast.

    More >>
  • Courthouse bake sale raises money for kids in Harrison County

    Courthouse bake sale raises money for kids in Harrison County

    Friday, August 17 2018 12:46 PM EDT2018-08-17 16:46:12 GMT
    Employees at Harrison County Courthouse had a bake sale to raise money for the Backpack Blessings program. (Source: WLOX)Employees at Harrison County Courthouse had a bake sale to raise money for the Backpack Blessings program. (Source: WLOX)
    Employees at Harrison County Courthouse had a bake sale to raise money for the Backpack Blessings program. (Source: WLOX)Employees at Harrison County Courthouse had a bake sale to raise money for the Backpack Blessings program. (Source: WLOX)

    The Harrison County Circuit Clerk hosted a two-day bake sale this week, raising money for the Backpack Blessings program.

    More >>

    The Harrison County Circuit Clerk hosted a two-day bake sale this week, raising money for the Backpack Blessings program.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly