Primary elections will be held in Mississippi tomorrow, but officials say voters should expect some changes since the last election cycle.
Voters in Mississippi are being encouraged to check their voter registration status to know what district they are in during tomorrow’s primary election. State lawmakers adjusted congressional and state legislative districts this year following the release of 2020 census data. Secretary of State Michael Watson says some voting precincts may have also changed since the last election cycle.
“So it’s always key to make sure you’re talking to your local election officials, not just about redistricting, but about everything,” says Watson. “Mississippi is a bottom-up state. So our circuit clerks, elections commissioners are the real heroes who do the really hard work with elections. So making sure you’re in touch with them, especially about redistricting when that happens to make sure you’re in the proper precinct is very important.”
The largest change to the election maps is the Second Congressional District, which expanded southward due to population decline in the Delta. But lawmakers say that every district had to be adjusted to accommodate population shifts.
Watson says this is a congressional election year, and there are also many local elections.
“June 7, the polls will be open from 7 am to 7 pm,” says Watson. “There’s also a Levee Commissioner position in the Delta, so there’s a handful of counties that will have that election. I encourage you to go to our website and check out our ballots there to see what’s going to be on. So you can go and look, see what your ballot’s going to look like. Be prepared again on election day to go vote.”
All mail-in ballots for Mississippi must be postmarked by tomorrow.