No crossover voting in runoff election

Published 3:56 am Thursday, May 14, 2009

The runoff election between Mark Thorman and Ezell Lee for the Democratic Mayoral candidate space will be held Tuesday.

Only voters who voted in the Democrat primary, or who did not go to the polls during the election on Tuesday, May 5, will be able to vote in this runoff election, said City Clerk Priscilla Daniel.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close that day at 7 p.m. Absentee ballots are available at city hall and must be turned in by Saturday at noon, Daniel said. City hall will be open from 8 a.m. until noon that day. On Friday, the building will be closed because of the four-day work week schedule for city workers, Daniel said.

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Residents who live in precinct one will vote at Fire Station One on Adcox Road. Voters who live in precinct two will vote at the Police Station on South Main Street. Precinct three residents will vote at the National Guard Armory on U.S. 11. Precinct four voters will cast their ballots at South Side Lower Elementary School. Precinct five voters will vote at the Picayune Memorial High School auditorium on Goodyear Boulevard.

The only candidates on the ballot for the Democratic runoff primary will be Democrats Mark Thorman and Ezell Lee, neither of which received 50 percent of the vote plus one vote in the first Democratic primary. The winner of this election will face Republican candidate Ed Pinero in the general election in June.

Daniel said voters who voted in the May 5, on the Democratic ticket will be allowed to vote in this election. Also, any voter who did not vote at all in the primary election can vote on the Democratic ticket in this election. Voters who voted on the Republican ticket on May 5, will not be allowed to vote in this election. There is no Republican runoff.

Poll workers will have a copy of the Republican poll book so that record of Republican voters who voted in the primary will be on hand at each precinct.

“Mississippi law does not allow cross over voting,” Daniel said.

Counting the ballots on Tuesday should not lead to a recurrence of the May 5, problem with over votes, Daniel said. Results of that election were not available until after midnight. The problem encountered by poll workers during the first primary was caused primarily by voters voting for more than the required six Executive Committee members for the parties. Those races will not be listed on this ballot.