Bolivar County Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly said this special election is somewhat different than any other election because it will administratively consolidate all North Bolivar School Districts as one district and West Bolivar School Districts as one district.
She said the Bolivar County Election Commission has worked diligently to ensure the voter rolls are accurate and that the county’s races and candidates are properly placed on the ballot.
Kelly said, “A few words can not describe how much work goes into preparing for an election, but know that the commission has put in countless hours to make sure this election runs smoothly.”
There are a few issues the Election Commission want voters to be reminded of prior to the election.
If anyone has recently registered to vote, whether with the Circuit Clerk’s Office, an organization or any other agency, and has not received a Voter Registration Card, please contact Circuit Clerk’s office. This card is your confirmation that you have been registered on the Bolivar County Voter Roll.
Another issue the Election Commission would like to address is Voter ID.
Mississippi has not implemented Voter ID as of yet, so residents will not be required to show identification.
Mississippi has always required first-time registrants, who did not register with the Circuit Clerk’s Office, to show identification at the polls.
These first time registrants will be the only voters who may be asked for identification.
Otherwise, it is “voting as usual”.
Kelly said, as with any election, the Bolivar County Election Commission always hope for a perfect election; however, we do know that there is no such thing as a “perfect election.”
The Commission strives to make all elections run as smoothly as possible by keeping voters informed of changes, training poll workers, etc. This is a colossal responsibility and they do not take it lightly.
Debbie Duncan, election commissioner for District 2, said, “We do expect minimal errors due to the complexity of this election and the timeframe given to redistrict the entire north and west school districts.”
Voting polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Voters vote only for the candidates in their district, which is based on their physical address.
The Election Commission asks all of our citizens to please be patient with the process and to report any discrepancies to their election commissioner.