General Election Update—Mid Morning

Jackson, Miss.—The Secretary of State’s Office is receiving reports voter turnout is high across the State as Mississippi voters head to the polls.

During a 9:00 am conference call with members of the Governor’s Office, State Attorney General’s Office, Democratic Party, Republican Party, and the Secretary of State’s Office, minor problems were reported. County techs were dispatched to these locations and the problems were remedied quickly.

Issues reported to the Office:
• Hinds County: Terry Volunteer Fire Department: Long lines reported. Voters are walking far distances to cast their ballot. Hinds County Sheriff’s Department is on site to direct traffic.
• Stone County: One precinct is without power; voting machines are working from battery powered devices.
• Scott County: Issue where some machines were either not plugged in and another was knocked over. A county tech was dispatched to the location and the machines were up and running by 7:36 am.
• Counties with printers attached to the voting machines will only show a “D” or an “R” under the presidential race, due to a lack of character space on the printer tapes on the machines. Thirty-eight (38) of the 77 counties which use voting machines have received preclearance from the Department of Justice to remove the printers from the machines. Those counties include: Adams, Alcorn, Amite, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Clay, Copiah, Forrest, George, Grenada, Hancock, Harrison, Itawamba, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jones, Lawrence, Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison, Marion, Monroe, Neshoba, Oktibbeha, Panola, Pearl River, Perry, Prentiss, Simpson, Smith, Stone, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Union, Wayne, Winston, Yazoo.