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Special election Tuesday

Tuesday, the city of Poparville will hold a special election to determine which candidate will occupy the empty seat left by former board of aldermen member Randy Brown.

Brown was forced to step down when an Attorney General’s opinion stated his employment with the Biloxi Police Department and service on the board of aldermen was a conflict of interest.

Several candidates have put their name on the ballot to fill that vacancy. They include David Glenn Bolin, Stephanie Bounds, Michael A. O’Quinn and Brown’s wife Nicole Brown.

The last day voters can cast their ballot via absentee is today at noon. Absentee ballots can also be sent via mail, but must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, unless the ballot is from a military service member stationed overseas, then the ballot must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The winner of the election will be the candidate that receives more than 50 percent of the vote. 

If no candidate receives the majority vote, then the two candidates with the most ballots cast in their favor will participate in a runoff election to be held two weeks later on Sept. 9.

Poplarville City Clerk Jody Stuart said the election will be held at City Hall, and they will use the electronic voting machines from the Circuit Clerk’s office. 

Tabulation of the votes will be handled by Circuit Clerk Vickie Hariel’s office.