County staff handles absentee votes, prepares for Nov. 8 election
Published 11:55 am Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Few are as busy in Vicksburg these days as those who work in Circuit Clerk Jan Daigre’s office in the Warren County Courthouse.
Daigre and her staff are at work preparing for the Nov. 8 presidential election.
“We are expecting a huge turnout,” she said. “All poll workers and managers have been trained and we have tested the machines. We’re getting ready for the machines to go to the precincts.”
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Absentee voting, which continues until noon on Saturday, Nov. 5, has been “very, very busy,” Daigre said. “It’s bigger than that last presidential election in 2012.”
And, Daigre warned, once your ballot is cast, there are no do-overs.
“We are handling absentee voters Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. We’ve been seriously busy. And people need to understand, once your ballot is cast, it’s cast. We’ve had some people who wanted to change their mind,” she said. “My suggestion is after you vote, turn off the TV.”
Also, Daigre’s staffers have been getting questions about paper ballots at the polls.
“We’ve heard a little talk about people wanting to do paper ballots at the polls because they don’t trust the machines,” she said. “The only way to have a paper ballot is to absentee vote. Paper ballots will not be available at the precincts.”
Mississippi does not have early voting. However, those who are going to be at work and unable to get to the polls on election day, or those who are going to be out of town, are 65 or older, or permanently or temporarily disabled are qualified to absentee vote.
“You do have to state a reason to absentee vote, and we do require that you show a photo ID,” Daigre said.
For those who are going to cast their ballot on Nov. 8, she recommends patience.
“Just remember to bring your photo ID. I do think there are going to be lines, but we have plenty of poll workers. The lines, I think, will come during those peak voting times, right before 8 a.m., at lunchtime and from 5 to 7 p.m.”
She also encouraged voters to make sure they know their precinct location. That information is available at yallvote.sos.ms.gov, which is a site created by Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman to guide voters through the process. When at that website, in the box marked “Voter Information” DO NOT click on “2016 Sample Ballot.” Instead, click on “Polling Place Locator,” and view your Sample Ballot at that screen.
“You can enter your address there and it will tell you what precinct you vote at and will give you directions to it,” Daigre said. “With as many absentee voters as we are handling, that’s probably a quicker way to find out where you should go to vote than to even call our office.”