Register to vote

Today is the last day to register to vote in the August 6 primary election.

Circuit clerks in Forrest and Lamar counties said their offices have been busy all day on Monday, the last day that voters can register for the Aug. 6 Primary Election.

Forrest County Circuit Clerk Gwen Wilks said she has been signing up voters all day.

“There has been a steady stream of people in the office today,” she said. “It has been over-the-top steady. We have been working on voter registration all day.

Martin Hankins, the Lamar County Circuit Clerk, said people are keenly interested in the August ballot.

“The line of people who are trying to make the registration deadline today,” he said at about 2 p.m. Monday. “There have been a lot of people who want to make sure that they make it on time.”

The Aug. 6 ballot includes statewide offices and county officials, which has drawn special interest in local races. Wilks said she has also been surprised in another activity.

“We have also seen a lot of absentee ballots come in today “ she said. “Some people may not have understood what the deadline was for.”

Hankins said he had not seen many absentee votes.

“Call me back in about three and a half weeks and I’m sure it will be a different story,” he said.

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