Long lines on Election Day are being reported all across the state of Mississippi, including here in Oxford.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann reports very high voter turnout at the polls as Mississippians began casting their ballots this morning.
“Despite poor weather in parts of the State, voters are getting out to vote for our next elected leaders,” Secretary Hosemann said.
Minor problems have been reported at select polling places across the State including:
-Jackson County: In some precincts, electronic pollbooks were not operational at 7 a.m. and did not have paper back-ups, which delayed checking in voters. The problems have been rectified.
-Madison County: At the Ridgeland Recreational Center polling place, machines were not operational promptly at 7 a.m. Voting continued by paper, and now the machines are fully operational.
Over 40,000 Mississippians requested absentee ballots last week, bringing the total to 112,529.
A breakdown of ballots requested by county and polling place is attached. Not all absentee ballots are returned to the Circuit Clerk, particularly when the voter decides to cast his or her ballot on Election Day.
Counties requesting absentee ballots for more than 10 percent of their active voters were Claiborne (17.57%), Noxubee (13.32%), Montgomery (12.25%), Greene (11.86%), Quitman (10.66%), and Benton (10.25%). About 6 percent of active voters across the State requested absentee ballots.
Polls are open until 7 p.m. Voters standing in line at 7 p.m. are entitled to vote.