Absentee voting for the Feb. 1 runoff selection for Northern District transportation commission will begin today, Circuit Clerk Angie McGinnis says.
The runoff was necessary after none of the seven candidates in the Jan. 11 special election for transportation commissioner received a majority of the votes necessary to win the election outright.
The Feb. 1 runoff will be between the top two candidates in the Jan. 11 special election — John M.M. Caldwell Sr. of Nesbit, transportation director for the DeSoto County School District, and Mike Tagert of Starkville, president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council.
Absentee voting for the runoff had been on hold as the Secretary of State's Office worked to finish certifying the results of the Jan. 11 vote for all 33 counties voting in the Northern District transportation commissioner's race through the Statewide Election Management System. The results were certified on Wednesday.
"We've finished proofing the ballot and will be ready to go on Friday," said McGinnis on Thursday.
Beginning today, absentee ballots for the special election may be cast at the Circuit Clerk's Office in the Oktibbeha County Courthouse Annex on West Main Street weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Circuit Clerk's Office will also be open Saturday and Jan. 29 from 8 a.m. to noon to allow voters an additional opportunity to cast an absentee ballot.
In order to vote absentee, residents must meet one of the following conditions as set forth in state law:
• The voter is an enlisted or commissioned member of any component of the U.S. Armed Forces and a citizen of Mississippi, or spouse of dependent of a such a member.
• The voter is a member of the Merchant Marine or the American Red Cross and is a citizen of Mississippi, or spouse of dependent of a such a member.
• The voter is a disabled war veteran who is a patient in any hospital or is a citizen of Mississippi, or spouse of dependent of a such a member.
• The voter is a civilian attached to and serving outside the U.S. with any branch of the armed forces, Merchant Marine or Red Cross, and is a citizen of Mississippi, or spouse of dependent of a such a member.
• The voter is a citizen of Mississippi temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States and District of Columbia.
• The voter is a citizen of Mississippi enrolled as a student at a U.S. Military Academy.
• The voter is a student, teacher or administrator and a college, university, junior college, high school, junior high school or elementary school whose studies or employment necessitate the absence from the county of his or her voting residency.
• The voter will be outside the county on election day.
• The voter is age 65 and older.
• The voter is the parent, spouse or dependent on someone with a temporary or permanent physical disability who is hospitalized outside his county of residence more than 50 miles away and will be with that person on election day.
• The voter is a member of the congressional delegation or spouse or dependent of a member of the congressional delegation.
• The voter is required to be at work on election day during the times the polls will be open.
For more information on absentee voting for the runoff election, call the Circuit Clerk's Office at 323-1356.