Absentee voting open Saturday at courthouse

Published 11:12 am Friday, November 2, 2012

Absentee ballots may be cast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree’s office.

Voters must cite a reason for voting absentee if they don’t intend to cast a ballot at a precinct on Election Day, which is Tuesday.

Absentee votes cast by mail must be postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday.

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The most common reasons cited are being out of town, temporary or permanent disabilities or being older than 65, officials in the circuit clerk’s office said.

Eligible reasons also include people required to be at work while polls are open and members, spouses and dependents of the following: active military, disabled war veterans who are hospitalized, merchant marines, American Red Cross, the state’s congressional delegation and people hospitalized 50 or more miles outside their county of residence.

Also, those living in skilled nursing facilities may vote absentee. State law allows only the patient’s family member and special designees to solicit applications for an absentee ballot. Those designees include someone designated by the person for whom the ballot application is sought, the circuit clerk or a deputy circuit clerk.

Races on the general election ballot in Warren County include president, U.S. Senate, the state’s 2nd Congressional District, the District 2 seat on the Vicksburg Warren School District Board of Trustees, three seats on the Warren County Election Commission and positions on the Mississippi Supreme Court and the state Court of Appeals.