IUKA, Miss. (WTVA) -- Absentee voting is still available, but the deadline to vote absentee it in-person is quickly drawing near.
At the Tishomingo Court House in Iuka, the circuit clerk explained there are two ways to vote absentee.
One option is to call in and request a ballot by mail. The second is to come to the office in person and spend about ten minutes filling a ballot out early for election day.
Circuit Clerk Josh McNatt said for the call-in option, the whole process takes about two weeks.
“It’s important that voters don’t wait until the last minute before they start that mail-in absentee process,” McNatt said.
McNatt explained there has been an increase in absentee voting this year. He said he believes that’s partly because of the coronavirus, and partly because of today’s political climate.
“I think in 2016 we had about 750, so we’re about halfway through absentee voting, so I would expect about 1,000 absentee votes this year.”
McNatt said that if a person receives an absentee ballot by mail, at that point, the person has to mail it back. He or she can’t drop it off in person at the Circuit Clerk’s Office inside the courthouse.
“Combination of the virus, and I think we’re also going to see an increase in voter turnout, and we expect an increase in absentee ballots,” McNatt said.
McNatt added there’s also been an increase in voter registration this year.
The last day to vote absentee in-person is October 31st.