Largest precincts busiest as voters pick county, state party nominees

Published 12:07 pm Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Voting was heaviest this morning in Warren County’s largest precincts as voters across the state went to the polls to elect county, district and state party nominees.

Polls at Warren County’s 22 precincts opened at 7 a.m., and by 8, 45 people had voted at Vicksburg Junior High School, with 2,389 registered voters making it the largest inside Vicksburg.

“I think people want to come on in and get out of the heat,” poll manager Deborah Washington said as temperatures were forecast to climb into the high 90s with a heat index of 111. “I’m looking for a big turnout in this election because it’s the governor, a road commissioner and supervisor.”

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Seven votes were cast in the first 20 minutes at the new fire station at Vicksburg Municipal Airport, where about 2,000 Jett voters are on the rolls after the polling place was moved from Carpenters Union Hall. Huge box fans provided some relief, but not much, poll manager Kathryn Osborn said.

“It feels terrible because it’s so hot,” she said.

The Republican and Democratic polls will be open until 7 tonight, and runoffs, if necessary, will be on Aug. 23. The general election is Nov. 8.