DeSoto County voter turnout strong in Tuesday election - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

DeSoto County voter turnout strong in Tuesday election

From a Baptist church in Hernando to a middle school in Southaven, a steady stream of voters cast their ballots for the fourth time Tuesday in the race for Mississippi's 1st Congressional Seat.

"As far as I'm concerned, its for a good reason," voter Walter Mason said. "If it takes six times to vote, we'll just have to do it.”

Though most voters didn't mind the vote, they said four times was enough.

“I think its ridiculous," voter Charles Townsend said. "If people came out last election and voted, the turnout wouldn't have been low, and we wouldn't have to do this again."

"I hope it is over until November," voter Ethel McCaughan added.
Poll worker Jane Stewart, who has worked at voting sites in DeSoto County for over ten years, said 2008's series of elections was one for the history books. 

“This is strange because it seems like the voters are meeting themselves coming and going,” she said.

The voting isn't over in northern Mississippi.  Voters in DeSoto County head back to the polls next Tuesday on a school bond issue.  And the winner of Tuesday's 1st Congressional race will only fill the remainder of the open seat's term.  The winner of the November election for the seat will fill it for a full, two year term next January.

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