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Mississippi sees low number of requests for absentee ballots

Mississippi's top elections official said Tuesday that a "disappointing" number of absentee ballots have been requested for the June 5 party primaries for U.S. House and Senate.

Posted: May 30, 2018 9:31 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top elections official said Tuesday that a "disappointing" number of absentee ballots have been requested for the June 5 party primaries for U.S. House and Senate.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said in a state with 1.8 million registered voters, only about 6,000 people have requested absentee ballots.

Hosemann said he hopes the absentee numbers don't reflect how many people will vote in person, but added: "I'm not expecting a large turnout, unfortunately."

Republicans and Democrats each have a party primary for a U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Roger Wicker. Six candidates are running in the Democratic primary, and Wicker faces one challenger for the Republican nomination.

Each party has a primary for central Mississippi's 3rd District House seat, where Republican incumbent Gregg Harper is not seeking re-election after a decade in office. The Republican primary has six candidates, and the Democratic primary has two.

Republicans also have a primary in south Mississippi's 4th District, with Republican incumbent Steven Palazzo facing one challenger.

If runoffs are needed, they will be June 26.

Mississippi allows absentee voting if people will be out of their home county on election day, including if they are on military duty or away at school. Anyone 65 or older may vote absentee, as may any person with a temporary or permanent physical disability.

Mississippi voters requested 20,924 absentee ballots before the federal primaries in 2016, when presidential races were on the ballot, according to the secretary of state's office.

The office did not have information about how many absentee ballots were requested a week before the federal midterm primaries in 2014, when the most fiercely contested race was for the Republican nomination for Mississippi's other U.S. Senate seat. Incumbent Thad Cochran trailed state Sen. Chris McDaniel in a three-way primary, but defeated McDaniel in a runoff three weeks later. Cochran won the 2014 general election and resigned from the Senate this spring, citing health concerns.

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed fellow Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to temporarily succeed Cochran, and a special election will be held in November to fill the final two years of the term. There are no party primaries for that race. Hyde-Smith, McDaniel, Democratic former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and Democratic former Gautier City Council member Tobey Bartee are all on the same ballot. If nobody wins a majority Nov. 6, the top two advance to a Nov. 27 runoff.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 94573

Reported Deaths: 2870
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds7017157
DeSoto544859
Harrison378073
Jackson341869
Madison321886
Rankin320276
Lee263368
Jones243878
Forrest240971
Washington218671
Lafayette211639
Lauderdale2015124
Bolivar179765
Oktibbeha175950
Lamar163934
Neshoba1548104
Panola144927
Sunflower142945
Lowndes141257
Warren138250
Leflore137781
Pontotoc124116
Pike121749
Monroe119966
Scott116825
Copiah116433
Coahoma113627
Holmes109458
Marshall108015
Lincoln107353
Grenada106835
Yazoo104130
Simpson101544
Union98324
Tate95837
Leake94138
Adams92236
Wayne87721
Pearl River86952
Marion84234
Prentiss82617
Covington80822
Itawamba78021
Alcorn77611
Tallahatchie76221
Newton76123
George75513
Winston73119
Tishomingo66537
Chickasaw66224
Tippah65017
Attala64325
Walthall59525
Clay58217
Hancock56921
Clarke56342
Jasper55915
Noxubee54515
Smith52614
Calhoun50712
Tunica48113
Montgomery45821
Claiborne45616
Lawrence42712
Yalobusha41914
Perry41318
Quitman3755
Humphreys37415
Stone36012
Greene35417
Webster33213
Jefferson Davis32911
Amite31410
Carroll31412
Wilkinson30118
Kemper28615
Sharkey26313
Jefferson2439
Benton2232
Franklin1913
Choctaw1806
Issaquena1033
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 132452

Reported Deaths: 2335
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson19230342
Mobile13192291
Montgomery8711175
Madison767475
Tuscaloosa7355114
Lee576560
Shelby576550
Baldwin512449
Marshall388943
Calhoun339040
Etowah338447
Morgan322626
Houston275322
Elmore258647
DeKalb237519
St. Clair225535
Walker225080
Talladega209927
Limestone202119
Cullman186819
Dallas176226
Franklin174828
Russell17302
Autauga171425
Lauderdale166233
Colbert162126
Blount157314
Escambia157325
Jackson152711
Chilton151328
Dale134143
Covington133427
Coffee12898
Pike11729
Chambers114042
Tallapoosa113984
Clarke106317
Marion95228
Butler91138
Barbour8487
Winston71812
Marengo70219
Lowndes65127
Pickens63914
Bibb63510
Randolph62413
Hale61628
Lawrence60320
Bullock59314
Geneva5844
Monroe5798
Cherokee57516
Clay5537
Washington54913
Perry5396
Conecuh53011
Wilcox53011
Crenshaw52532
Henry4805
Macon47920
Fayette4299
Sumter42319
Lamar3552
Choctaw34612
Cleburne3346
Greene30215
Coosa1673
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