Check polling places before June 6 vote

Published 6:36 pm Saturday, June 3, 2017

City election officials are hoping they will be able to avoid the confusion Tuesday that occurred during the May 2 primary.

“We had some problems with people going to the county precincts instead of the city,” city clerk Walter Osborne said.

Osborne said the county precinct lines inside the city are drawn differently from the city voting precinct lines, and in some cases use different voting sites.

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“So people who voted in the county elections or the presidential (primary) election last year went to the last place where they voted and couldn’t find the precinct.”

One example, he said, was Travelers Rest M.B. Church, which is used as a county voting precinct. Osborne said his office received several calls from people who went to vote at the church and found it closed.

“We’re hoping people will be more aware of where they have to go vote Tuesday,” he said. “If anyone has a problem finding their precinct, they can call the clerk’s office (601-634-4553) and we can help them.”

The city’s 11 precincts are marked with yellow signs telling people to “vote here.” They include:

• Vicksburg Auditorium, 901 Monroe St.

• Porter’s Chapel Methodist Church, 200 Porters Chapel Road.

• Rolling Acres Community Center, 131 Elizabeth Circle.

• Spring Hill M.B. Church, 815 Mission 66.

• American Legion Post 3, 1712 Monroe St.

• Warren Central Junior High School, 1630 Rosa A. Temple Drive.

• Vicksburg High School Armory, 1000 Lee St.

• Elks Lodge No. 95, 1366 U.S. 61 South.

• Plumbers and Pipefitters Union Hall, 3203 North Frontage Road.

• Kings Community Empowerment Center, 224 R.L. Chase Circle.

• No. 5 Fire Station, 5885 U.S. 61 South.

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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