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Three Election Commissioner Slots Will Be On November Ballot

WATER VALLEY – Three of the five election commissioner positions in the county will be on the General Election ballot on November 5. Qualifying is underway for District 1 Election Commissioner, District 3 Election Commissioner and District 5 Election Commissioner and the deadline is Thursday, Feb. 1.

Two of the positions have been vacated this month following the resignations of District 1 Election Commissioner Tammy Tedford and District 3 Election Commissioner Bill Harris. Supervisors will make appointments to fill the two positions until the election. Vivian Simmons is the incumbent commissioner in District 5.

Election commissioners are elected from each supervisory district and serve four year terms. The commissioners’ duties include conducting all facets of activities associated with general and special elections in the county. Election commissioners are responsible for keeping the poll books of the county. They also keep the registration books which contain the names of all voters in the county and are responsible for revising them periodically to ensure they are up to date.

The election commissioner position is non-partisan. A candidate must be a resident in the district in which he or she is seeking office for two years preceding the day of the election. To qualify, a candidate must file a statement of intent and petition with the Chancery Clerk containing the signatures of not less than 50 qualified electors of the district. No qualifying fee is paid.

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