By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Yalobusha voters will return to the polls Tuesday, November 29, for a runoff election for Supreme Court Justice District 3, Position One. The top two vote getters in the November 8 election were John Brady and Bobby Chamberlin.
Also voters in portions of two of the county’s 11 precincts – Beat 2 Water Valley and Beat Five Coffeeville – will vote in the Coffeeville District 5 School Board race after the county’s election commissioners ordered a redo in the contest between incumbent Todd Hughes and Mitchell Steen.
Hughes had a six-vote lead in the contest, but election commissioners determined 51 voters did not get the proper ballot in two of the four precincts where voters were eligible to vote in the school race, prompting the decision to redo the race. Election Commis-sioners also determined voters in the Beat One South precinct and Beat Four Coffeeville precinct received the proper ballot. That means the vote tally from Nov. 8 in these two precincts will count in the race, giving Hughes 142 votes and Steen 123 votes.
With county offices closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving, Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney reminded voters that absentee voting will continue Saturday until noon at the circuit clerk offices in the Water Valley and Coffeeville courthouses.
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.