Absentee voting for Senate runoff election kicks off

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Absentee voting for the Republican U.S. Senate runoff election began on Saturday in Mississippi. A few voters cast their absentee ballots in the heated June 24 race between six term Sen. Thad Cochran and State Sen. Chris McDaniel.

The Circuit Clerk's Offices in Gulfport and Biloxi opened on Saturday at 8 a.m. Harrison County Deputy Circuit Clerk Connie Ladner says residents usually take advantage of absentee voting if they won't be in town or if they are disabled and can't get to the polls.

If you are 65-years-old or older, you can request an absentee ballot and vote in person or by mail prior to election day.

Ladner said around 1,000 people participated in early voting for the June 3 primary election. She hopes even more South Mississippians will vote this time around.

"There is a lot of voter apathy people have been talking about lately, and we see that at the election office as we are preparing for the election. It is very important to vote. It is very important to vote on  election day or absentee to have your voice heard," said Ladner. "A lot of people say 'well, I will just wait and vote in the general election.' That is fine to vote in the general election, we encourage everyone to, but if you don't vote in the primary, you don't have a say in who makes it to the general election, and that is important."

The deadline to vote absentee is June 21. The Circuit Clerk's Office in Gulfport and Biloxi will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. this week for absentee voting and next Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

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