TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Qualifying for state and county elections will start Wednesday, Jan. 2 in Mississippi.
This year is expected to be a busy one as races are open to fill several positions, including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and many state offices.
Voters will also decide on various county positions, including supervisors, sheriffs and court clerks.
Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley will seek his fourth term. He said he expects this year to be "a big one for the people."
"I think so," Presley said. "With so many races on the ballot, that usually means a big turnout, and I think you will see that throughout the state this last election year. We have an increase in turnout in our state, and that is good. The more turnout, the better."
State Sen. Chad McMahan also plans to qualify for re-election on Wednesday as well. If elected, he will serve his second term in the state legislature.
McMahan told WTVA he also believes 2019 "is important for everyone."
"Regardless of what party you are in, it is important that you vote," he said. "Elections have consequences and it is important that your voice be heard."
Qualifying for elections will end on March 1.
For more on how to qualify for elections, information can be found at local circuit clerk's offices.