Polling places in the five Coast cities that have municipal primary runoff elections will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. Voters will have until 7 p.m. to get in line to cast a ballot. Anyone in line at 7 will be allow to vote.
Voters in Bay St. Louis, Diamondhead and Moss Point will vote citywide for mayor. There also will be council or board of aldermen races in some wards in Diamondhead, Moss Point, Gautier, Ocean Springs. There are no runoffs in D’Iberville, Long Beach, Gulfport, Pascagoula, Pass Christian and Biloxi.
“Even if you did not cast a ballot on Primary Election Day, you are permitted to cast a ballot in the runoff,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said in a press release. “Governance begins as the ballot box, so I encourage all Mississippians residing in areas where a runoff race is taking place to take the time to vote tomorrow.”
Crossover voting is not permitted, Hosemann’s office said, meaning voters who cast a ballot in one political party’s Primary Election on May 2 cannot legally cast a ballot in a different political party’s Primary Runoff Election tomorrow, May 16.
Municipal Primary Runoff Elections are conducted by political parties and municipal election officials, Hosemann’s office said, but the Secretary of State’s Office will have observers in several municipalities across the State.
Problems at the polls observed by Secretary of State staff or otherwise reported to the Elections Division will be referred to the proper municipal election officials or law enforcement authorities. The Secretary of State’s staff has no enforcement authority to resolve problems.
Hosemann’s office also offered these reminders
▪ Polling Place Location: A polling place locator is available on the Secretary of State’s website. Voters can also contact their Municipal Clerk for their polling place location.
▪ Voter ID: Voters are required to show photo identification at the polls. A voter without an acceptable form of photo identification is entitled to cast an affidavit ballot. An affidavit ballot may be counted if the voter provides an acceptable form of photo identification to the Municipal Clerk’s Office within five business days (5 p.m. May 23) after the election. For more information, visit www.msvoterID.ms.gov.
▪ Campaigning: It is unlawful to campaign for any candidate within 150 feet of any entrance to a polling place, unless on private property.
▪ Loitering: The polling places should be clear for 30 feet from every entrance of all people except elections officials, voters waiting to vote, or authorized poll watchers.
▪ Camera phones: Voters are prohibited from taking pictures of their marked ballot. Poll watchers are prohibited from taking pictures of voters casting a ballot, a marked ballot, the pollbooks and the receipt books in the polling place.
For more information about State election laws or Election Day information, visit Y’all Vote or call the Elections Division Hotline at 601-576-2550 or 800-829-6786.