Mississippi voters face problems at some polling areas

Mississippi voters face problems at some polling areas

JACKSON, MS (WMC) - The time has come for Mississippi voters to cast their ballot in the presidential primary.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. in most counties across the state.

Everything is running smoothly at most polling places in Olive Branch, but we can't say the same for others in the state.

The Mississippi Election Commission said there were several issues with the state's primary on Tuesday. They said some people were forced to use written ballots.

In Hinds County, some voting places were not open at 7 a.m. like voters were told. There were also issues locating voter information in the electronic poll books which made voters use written ballots.

But, Hinds is not the only county that ran into some difficulties.

In Madison County, the elections commission said five polling places had ballots from the wrong districts.

Voters said the large number of voters is sending a message that people want to have their voices heard.

"I think this is people coming out and saying I want to be heard. I think people are being proactive for change," Leslie Hubler said.

Voters said they are happy DeSoto County did not have any voting issues.

"That way I can't complain if my man doesn't win," Greg Garrison said.

Voters said the big names on this year's ballots are drawing in a new crowd.

"Because you have Trump in the election. You have a big name, a business mogul, and then you have Clinton and her husband was in office, so you have two big names," Alex Corkran said.

The election commission said some voters asked why people who dropped out of the race are still on the ballot.

After December, names can be added, but not dropped, from the ballot.

All voters must have a government issued photo ID such as a license, passport, or handgun carry permit.

If you haven't already registered to vote in the primary election, it's too late.  However, you can still register and vote in November's general election.

Monday, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz made last minute stops in the state in an attempt to garner votes.

Trump focused on trade deals and the loss of U.S. jobs to overseas companies. Cruz argued that he is the only realistic alternative to a Donald Trump nomination.

Governor Phil Bryant officially endorsed Cruz.

Mississippi has three congressional primaries as well--two Republican and one Democratic. For our Election Guide and more answers to your questions, click here.

Click here to read more about presidential candidates in the Mid-South.

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