WATER VALLEY – The big election is less than a week away and if the number of absentee ballots cast in the county is any indication, there will be heavy turnout in Yalobusha.
Yalobusha County Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney reported more than 400 people have already voted absentee for the Nov. 6 General Election, which includes the hotly contested race for president. Both courthouses will be open until noon Saturday, which is the deadline to vote absentee.
In Mississippi, registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. armed forces. For example, voters who will be outside their county of residence on election day are entitled to vote by absentee ballot.
For the remaining voters in the county, the polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at the 11 precincts scattered across the county.
In addition to the Presidential race, the ballot will also include a contested race for Water Valley School District, District One. Chris Terry and Bryan Gilley are competing for this district after incumbent Steve Edwards did not seek re-election. The term starts Jan. 1 and spans five years.
This election marks a first for Yalobusha voters in recent history, after the county was moved into the Second Congressional Dis-trict during redistricting following the 2010 Census. Yalobusha voters will choose between Democrat incumbent Bennie Thomp-son and Republican challenger Bill Marcy in this race.
One of Mississippi’s two senate seats will be on the ballot statewide. Repub-lican Sen. Roger Wicker will be on the ballot along with Democratic challenger Albert Gore Jr. (no, not that Al Gore).
The final race on the ballot is the much-publicized run for the Mississippi Su-preme Court between Bates-ville attorney Richard “Flip” Phillips and Oxford attorney Josiah Coleman. The winner will fill the seat being vacated by retiring justice George C. Carlson of Batesville.
Poll workers for the General Election, which will be held Tuesday, November 6, will be as follows:
Beat One North: W. G. Griffin, RO; Doris Hunt, Betty Thomas, Doris Holmes, Pat Ray, and Bobby Cox;
Beat One South: Sara Martin, RO; Andy Grass, Mary Towers, Opal Wright, and Patricia Rodrigue;
Beat Two Water Valley: Anne Babb, RO; Mary Lou Jones, Mildred “Mim” Carpenter, Rubye Carr, Lincoln Shields, and Catherine Butts;
Beat Three Northwest: Lilly Horan, RO; Mary Kimzey, Kathy Pullen, Brenda Phillips, Frank Dunn, and Shirley Dunn;
Beat Three Sylva Rena: Rose Bennett, RO; Mary Chandler, Ora Phillips, Wilbur Herring, and Martha Tatum;
Beat Four Coffeeville: Pamela Harris, RO; Ora Dawkins, Clara Smith, Doyle Varner, and E’dris Shelton;
Beat Four Oakland: George M. Worsham, RO; Kelly Paris, Lizzie Earl, William Brown, and Pauline Smith;
Beat Five Coffeeville: Elsie Harrison, RO; Jean Dean, Rosie Tinnon, Debo-rah Bourn, Sue Fly, Sandra Rains, and Lawanda Fly;
Beat Five Scobey: Joyce Courtney, RO; Sharon Few, Lena Townes, and Tommy Hill;
Beat Five Scuna-Vann’s Mill: William McCullar, RO; Bobbie Shirley, Elizabeth Coleman, and Georgia Russell;
Beat Five Tillatoba: Jesse Tillman, RO; Bobbie Hartley, Frances Adkins, and Dorothy Tanner.