The Clarion-Ledger, 10/23/8

Early voting numbers suggest more Mississippians are voting in this year’s presidential election than in 2004, and election workers expect those numbers to rise in the remaining days before Nov. 4.

Circuit clerks statewide report higher numbers of absentee voting, Mississippi’s only form of early voting. College students, active duty military, seniors, the disabled and residents who will be away from the county on election day can vote absentee.

Residents can vote absentee at circuit clerk’s offices on weekdays until Nov. 1. Many offices will be open during the morning hours on the next two Saturdays. Mail-in ballots must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, and by 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 for the presidential race.

Election officials attribute increases to higher levels of voter interest in the race between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama. Also on the ballot are high-profile races for U.S. Senate and congressional seats, as well as judicial contests.