Hosemann: Election Day interest, turnout high

By 10:30 a.m., Election Day interest and turnout is reportedly high despite rainy conditions in some areas of the state, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

The office is maintaining a phone bank at its headquarters until 8 p.m. tonight with employees answering inquiries from voters and poll workers. Phone bank workers have reported receiving 116 calls since 6:30 a.m., with questions ranging from write-in voting and some technical problems with voting machines. All voting machine issues have been addressed.

It has been reported that in Rankin County, due to a technical error, the Congressional candidates’ party affiliations do not appear on the voting screen. The party affiliations are printed on the official sample ballot provided to each county by the Secretary of State’s office. Mississippi Code Ann. Section 23-15-367 requires the county election commission to follow the sample ballot “as nearly as practicable."

The Mississippi Code states, “It is the duty of the Secretary of State, with the approval of the Governor, to furnish the designated commissioner of each county a sample of the official ballot, not less than fifty-five (55) days prior to the election, the general form of which shall be followed as nearly as practicable."

Some observers have reported they do not see the list of absentee voters posted in their precincts. If voters do not see such a list at their precinct, they should request the absentee list be posted and contact the Secretary of State’s office.

To reach the Secretary of State’s office with any elections questions, call the Elections Hotline at 1-800-829-6786. Individuals may also text the word “vote” to 57711, and they will receive an immediate response giving them the Elections Hotline number.