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Election officials expect vote tally to continue next week

Warren County election officials expect to continue processing and scanning absentee and affidavit ballots through Nov. 13, Warren County Election Commission Chairman Sara Dionne said.

Dionne said the county’s Resolution Board, which is responsible for reviewing and processing the absentee ballots, has processed more than 3,000 of the 4,089 absentee ballots that were mailed and received Nov. 2. The Resolution Board will continue reviewing and processing the remaining mailed absentee ballots when it reconvenes Monday. 

Under state law, ballots received five working days after the election and postmarked by Nov. 3 will be counted. Also, people who did not have their photo ID and voted by affidavit ballot have five days to bring their ID to the clerk’s office to have their ballot counted.

The five-day period ends Nov. 10. As of Friday, Dionne said, 23 absentee ballots have been received by the clerk’s office since Election Day.

“I do not have a count on affidavits (ballots),” she said. “We’ve just been taking one bag at a time, opening it and processing it,” she said, adding the affidavit count will also resume Monday when the election commissioners return to the courthouse.

“We’re trying to be careful, we’re trying to certainly allow every valid vote to be counted,” Dionne said. 

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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