General election campaign ahead

There are wonderful things with the coming of fall. High school football. College football. The NFL is around the corner. Major League Baseball is in its home stretch. And Mississippi voters have completed two-thirds of the 2011 election cycle.

Maybe that’s four out of five wonderful things.

Post-Labor Day is the traditional kickoff of the general election campaign. However, a couple of things have to be settled before the rush to Nov. 8.

The state Board of Elections Commissioners – Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, Democrat Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann – meets Sept. 9 to settle on the general election sample ballot that must be sent to the counties by Sept. 14.

Hattiesburg American