With the election now less than three weeks away, voters must begin to choose Pickering’s successor from this field of nine candidates. The issues are unlikely to change in that time frame, but the debates have revealed that a great deal of voter confusion remains.
The congressional elections will be held March 11. Runoff elections, if necessary, will follow on April 1.
Then begins the long march to the November general election, when Mississippians will help choose a new president, elect U.S. senators and at least two new congressmen.
The candidates are working hard. But without strong voter participation, these officials will be chosen by a majority of a minority of Mississippi voters – which makes voter dissatisfaction a self-fulfilling prophecy. Vote!
Clarion Ledger Editorial