Monday, August 3, 2015

Voting Tips from Sec'y of State Hosemann

Wise words from Mississippi Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann:

Voting begins TOMORROW (Tuesday, August 4, 2015) for the 2015 Primary Election.  We encourage all Mississippians to head to the polls to cast a ballot in the upcoming election. 

It is has come to our attention several anonymous campaign mailers have been sent statewide.  These mailers are not only gutless, but illegal.  This type of politics denigrates the entire voting process, promotes voter apathy and discourages future candidates.  We believe in the right to free speech, but we also believe in the right to recourse.  We encourage Mississippians to consider their source of information when choosing a candidate and rely on credible resources.
Primary Elections are run by the parties.  Meaning, on Election Day, voters must choose to cast a ballot in the Democratic Primary and the Republican Primary.  We have received several calls from individuals who want to vote only in particular races on a party ballot.  Only the races in which a vote is cast will be counted.  Voter “drop-off” does not void a ballot and choosing to vote only in particular races does not void a ballot.
Some tips for Election Day:
  •  Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Don’t forget your photo ID: A list of acceptable forms of photo ID are available at the following link:  MSVoterID.ms.gov.
  • Vote at off-peak times: Vote mid-morning and mid-afternoon when voting is slower.
  • Review your ballot before you vote:  Sample ballots are posted in each precinct. Sample ballots are also available on the Secretary of State’s website through the polling locator.
  • Know where you vote:  A polling place locator is available on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace.
  • Attire:  It is against the law for any candidate or candidate’s representative to distribute campaign literature within 150 feet of a polling location.  It is the position of the Office of the Secretary of State that wearing clothing with a candidate’s name and/or picture on it or other campaign paraphernalia within 150 feet of a polling location constitutes the posting of campaign literature and is prohibited. 
  • No loitering: The polling place should be clear 30 feet of all people except elections officials, voters waiting to vote or pollwatchers.
 For more information on voting in Mississippi, please visit our website at www.sos.ms.gov or contact our Elections hotline, toll-free at 1-800-829-6786.   We will see you at the polls.  Delbert.

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