WATER VALLEY – Voter turnout could be strong in next Tuesday’s special election for mayor if absentee ballots are an indicator. City Clerk Vivian Snider reported 50 absentee votes had been cast by presstime Tuesday and several days remained before Saturday’s deadline to vote absentee.
“That is as many absentee ballots for a city election as I can remember in a long time,” Snider told the Herald. “Usually you get a pretty good idea about turnout based on absentee ballots.”
In Mississippi, registered voters are eligible to vote absentee based on age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces. For example, voters who will be outside the county on election day are entitled to vote by absentee ballot.
Snider reported city hall will be open during normal business hours for absentee voting for the remainder of the week. City hall will also be open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday for absentee voting.
Voters will go to the polls from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, for the special election scheduled by the Board of Aldermen after a vacancy was declared. Voters who live in Ward One and Ward Two will vote at the Railroad Depot located at 105 Railroad Street. Voters who live in Ward Three and Ward Four will vote at the fire and police department, located at 1001 Community Park Drive.
If a candidate does not receive a majority of the votes cast on Feb. 13, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff election on March 5.
The winner of the special election will serve the remainder of the term that ends June 30, 2025. The salary for mayor is $20,004 annually. The mayor’s seat was formerly held by Donald Gray, who resigned at the end of the year to take office as Yalobusha County Chancery Clerk.
Alderman-at-large Herbie Rogers is serving as Mayor Pro Tem until a new mayor takes office.