Mississippi election officials ready for runoff election Tuesday

Mississippi election officials ready for runoff election Tuesday

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) - Polls across Mississippi open Tuesday at 7 a.m. in the runoff election, and DeSoto County Election Commissioners said they’ll be ready.

Tuesday’s runoff election for U.S. Senate in Mississippi between Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy can’t come soon enough if you ask voters.

“It just keeps going on and on and on there’s too much back and forth and back and forth the critics and all that information the bashing between each other,” said voter Wayne Young.

Hernando residents said they’re tired of the ads on both sides.

“I will be participating in it, but at least to me, based on the way they’re campaigning, seems like it’s a bunch of propaganda,” said voter Charles Kimmons.

Mississippi does not have early voting and the only voters allowed to cast an absentee ballot are the elderly 65 and older, and those who will not be able to be at the polls on Election Day.

“Our job is to ensure that everybody that has the opportunity to vote gets that opportunity to vote,” said DeSoto County Election Commissioner Paul Beale.

Beale said prepping for the U.S. Senate runoff weeks after a general election, not to mention around the Thanksgiving holiday, has been difficult.

“From the time one election ends, you’ve got three weeks to do the runoff,” Beale said.

Election equipment sat ready for pickup Monday afternoon for the county’s 41 precincts.

DeSoto County still uses paper ballots, which voters feed into a scanner The Hyde-Smith / Espy race is the only one on the ballot Tuesday.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Beale said if you are in line a minute or two before 7 a.m., it is possible you could vote early but that decision to open the door is up to the precinct bailiff.

If you are in line by 7 p.m., you will still be able to vote.

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