More than 1 point 9 million Mississippians are registered to vote in today's statewide election. MPB's Kobee Vance reports on what voters need to know as they head to the polls.
In the weeks and days leading up to today's election, County officials have been preparing ballots and checking voting machines to make sure the process goes smoothly for everyone. Zach Wallace is the Circuit Clerk for Hinds County. He's hoping for a large voter turnout.
Wallace says, "For the voters out there, take a friend with you to go vote. If you have any questions contact the Circuit Clerk's office or the Election Commissioner's office. We also have the Secretary of State's website where you key in your address and it will show who all will be on your ballot. So the polls will be open from 7:00 am- 7:00 pm, and you'll have all day to tell a friend to go vote."
Checking to make sure you have the correct polling location is also important. If you believe you have the right location, but your name is not on the voter's roll, state law allows you to vote by filling out a provisional ballot. Danny Klein, Chairman of the DeSoto County Election Commission explains.
"We will not deny anyone the right to vote. So if they come in and they're not on the voter's roll, then we allow them to vote a provisional ballot. We wanna make sure if they're not at the right precinct, we'll direct them to the correct precinct. Because you've got all these house seats and these senate seats. We wanna make sure they're getting the correct ballots out based on the affidavit of where they live."
Anyone standing in line when the polls close at 7 will be allowed to vote.