By David Howell
WATER VALLEY – Six candidates will be on the Feb. 27 ballot for the special election for alderman-at-large after submitting qualifying papers by the Feb. 7 deadline last week. Candidates include Hubert House, Terry Rockette, Herbie Rogers, Taylor Trusty, Lorraine Turner and Dr. G.R. Orndorff, Jr. A seventh candidate who previously announced his candidacy did not have enough signatures on his petition.
Absentee voting has already started and voters can cast their ballot early at city hall during business hours. City Hall will also be open on Saturday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 24, from 8 a.m. until noon for absentee voting. The deadline to vote absentee is Feb. 24.
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.
Voting precincts in the election will the same as previous elections – Ward 1 – city electric department, Ward 2 – Water Valley courthouse, Ward 3 – National Guard Armory, and Ward 4 – City Auditorium.
Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney reported voters who are currently registered in the City of Water Valley but have moved can update their voter information online before the Feb. 27 election at the Secretary of State’s website, Y’all Vote (http://www.yallvote.sos. ms.gov).