Social distancing, safety guidelines in place for next Tuesday’s runoff election
The runoff election to see who will face off against U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson in November’s general election is set for Tuesday.
The runoff, which was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is for the Republican nomination between Thomas L. Carey and Brian Flowers. The winner will go up against incumbent Thompson for the 2nd Congressional District.
While the normal precincts will be open for this district-wide election, the runoff has a few special criteria given it is the conclusion of a party primary.
• If a voter cast a Democratic ballot on March 10, the voter is not allowed to crossover and vote using a Republican Ballot in the runoff election.
• If a voter did not vote in the Primary Election, that voter may vote in the Republican runoff.
Tuesday’s election will also be the first local election to be held during the COVID-19 pandemic and with strict guidelines in place to ensure the safety of voters and election officials:
• Voters casting a ballot inside the polling place are required to wear a face covering. If the voter does not have a face covering, one will be provided.
• Any voter is allowed to vote outside the polling place, called curbside voting. No face covering will be required.
• All voting will be on paper ballots. TSX touch screen computers are not being used in the runoff.
• Pens will be available for the voter to use, sanitized between voters. Voters may use their own pen, with dark blue or black ink.
• Distancing between voters, and with poll managers, must be observed. Voter waiting areas will be marked off with 6-foot spacing.
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