According to Montgomery County Circuit Court Clerk Lanelle Martin, all voters wishing to cast a ballot in Tuesday’s primaries for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are required by Mississippi’s voter ID law to present a valid photo ID in order to vote. This applies for absentee voting as well.
According to the Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman’s office, voters can present several types of photo identification at the polls – a driver's license, a photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi, a United States passport, a government employee ID card, a firearms license, a student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college, a United States military ID, a tribal photo ID, any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government, or a Mississippi Voter Identification Card.
A Mississippi Voter Identification Card may be acquired at the Circuit Clerk’s office if a person does not possess any other form of official identification.
Martin said in Montgomery County, only four or five Mississippi Voter Identifcation Cards have been issued so far because so many different forms of official ID are acceptable for voting purposes.
Absentee voting is currently ongoing at the Montgomery County Circuit Clerk’s office in the Montgomery County Courthouse. Absentee voting will continue until noon Saturday, May 31. The Circuit Clerk’s office will be open Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon to accommodate voters wishing to vote absentee.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 3 for the primary.
Martin reminded voters who voted at Alva and West Winona in the past that those precincts have changed. Former Alva voters now vote at the Sweethome precinct, and former West Winona voters, who used to vote at the Justice Court Complex, now vote at the Montgomery County Coliseum.
Voters will selected the Republican and Democratic candidates for November’s General Election, however, voters must choose if they wish to vote in the Republican primary or the Democratic primary. No voter is allowed to vote in both primaries.
In the Republican Primary, candidates for the U.S. Senate race are Thomas L. Carey, Thad Cochran, and Chris McDaniel. No Republican candidates are running for the Second Congressional District U.S. House of Representative seat.
In the Democratic Primary, candidates for the U.S. Senate race are Travis W. Childers, William Bond Compton, Jr., Bill Marcy and Jonathan Rawl. Democratic candidates running for the Second Congressional District U.S. House of Representatives are Bennie Thompson and Damien Fairconetue.