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Officials prepare for June election
May 22, 2014 | 162 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The next two weeks will be busy ones for Carroll County Circuit Clerk Durward Stanton and election commissioners as they get set for the first-ever statewide election where voter identification is required.

This week, Stanton met with poll manager trainers in preparation for the primary election where voters go to the poll to select candidates for the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

According to Stanton, absentee voting begins in the county on Saturday.

“We will have both courthouses open for the next two Saturdays for absentee voting,” Stanton said. “Voters seeking to vote absentee will have to present identification just as you would at the polls.”

Stanton said the Carrollton and Vaiden offices will be opened from 8 a.m. to noon.

In the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, voters will see four names on the ballot. Travis Childers, the former Mississippi Congressman will take on William Compton, Jr. of Meridian, Bill Marcy of Vicksburg and Jonathan Rawl of Oxford. Appearing on the Democratic primary ballot for the Second Congressional District will be longtime Congressman Bennie Thompson will take on Damien Fairconetue of Clinton. Thompson has held his seat in the House of Representatives since 1993.

The GOP primary ballot will consist of three candidates. Incumbent Thad Cochran will take on Chris McDaniel of Ellisville and Thomas Carey of Hernando.

As of Tuesday, Stanton said there were 12 absentee ballots that had been set, and if they are any indication of what’s to come, it appears June 3 will be a light turnout.

“I’m anticipating a smooth election,” Stanton said. “I have the utmost confidence in the election commissioners and the poll mangers that things will go smoothly.”

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