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Voter turnout under 25 percent for primary races

A total of 3,091 people, or 24.21 percent of the city’s 12,766 registered voters, cast ballots in the races, which saw Mayor George Flaggs win the Democratic nomination for mayor and North Ward Alderman Michael Mayfield get the party’s nomination for North Ward alderman.

Mary Ruth Galtney, Audrey Jones-Jackson and Linda M. Stevens were elected to the county’s Democratic Executive Committee.

Election officials reported no serious problems Tuesday as voters went to the polls to select the Democratic Party nominees for mayor and North Ward aldermen, and elect three members to the Warren County Democratic Executive Committee.

Flaggs finished with 69 percent of the total votes cast in his race, while Mayfield received 67 percent. Because Flaggs and Mayfield each received more than 50 percent of the vote, there will be no runoff elections. Both face independent candidates in the June 6 general election.

“We had some minor problems,” said Vicksburg Election Commission chairman Clyde Redmon. “There’s always some small thing that arises.”

“We were able to get all the voters to the right polls to vote,” added election commissioner Dell Rogers, who said the city had changed one polling place since the last election in 2013.

One precinct, Plumbers and Pipefitters, was late, getting its paperwork and materials to Vicksburg City Hall about two hours after the polls closed.

Redmon said the precinct had a new precinct manager, adding sometimes it may take a new manager longer to close out a precinct.

“There’s a lot of paperwork to be checked and everything must be checked and rechecked,” he said. “And some precincts take longer to close than others. But we have new managers all the time, so it’s not an unusual situation.”

“All of our people did a very good job,” Rogers said. “They all work together and we get good team work from everyone at the precincts because most of them have been working together for so long.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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