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Absentee Voting Underway For November Election

By David Howell

WATER VALLEY – Although Republican senate challenger Chris McDaniel still has not conceded the Republican primary, absentee voting has started for the November General Election that pits Republican incumbent Senator Thad Cochran against Democratic challenger Travis Childers. Reform party candidate Shawn O’Hara is also on the ballot for the Senate seat.
    Absentee voting started Monday and eligible voters can cast an absentee ballot until Nov. 1, the Saturday before election day on Nov. 4. 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.
    Other races on the November ballot include House District 2 where Democratic incumbent Representative Bennie Thompson faces reform party challenger Shelley Shoemake and independent candidate Troy Ray.
    Chancery Court incumbent judges Vicki (Cobb) Daniels and Mitch Lundy are unopposed in their respective positions. Circuit court incumbent judges Gerald W. Chatham, Smith Murphey and Jimmy McClure are also unopposed on the ballot.
    The final item on the ballot is the Mississippi Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment. If approved by voters, the measure will establish a constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest game species throughout Mississippi. The full text of this measure appears in the Public Notices on Page 14 of this week’s Herald.
    There are also three school board slots, two in Water Valley and one in Coffeeville,  that will not appear on the November ballot because they are uncontested.
    If you are not a registered voter, you have until October 4 to register to be eligible to vote in the November election.

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