Concetta Brooks

Circuit Court Clerk Concetta Brooks shares information about the upcoming voter registration deadlines at the Erata Community Center. Photo/Kevin Williamson

In order to be eligible to vote in the August 6 primary election, there are some upcoming deadlines that Circuit Court Clerk Concetta Brooks wants Jones County residents to be aware of.

This coming Monday, July 8, is the primary voter registration deadline. In-office registrations must be completed by 5:00 p.m. Monday. The Circuit Court Clerk’s offices will be open in Laurel and Ellisville on Saturday, July 6 from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to accommodate residents wanting to register before the deadline. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by July 8, 2019.

The in-person absentee voting deadline is August 3. Both offices again will be open on Saturdays, July 27 and August 3, for absentee voting until noon. Absentee voting is currently on-going.

“We are absentee voting now. If you know of someone disabled or elderly (65 or older) and they want to absentee vote, tell them to call us and we’ll mail them one,” she noted. “It has to go out through the Post Office and come back through the Post Office.”

Monday, August 5 is the absentee ballot mail-in deadline. The clerk’s office must be in receipt of the actual ballot on this date.

Brooks was in northeast Jones County last Thursday evening at the Erata Community Center asking attendees at a political forum to help her get more Jones County residents signed up to vote. She brought paperwork to hand out and told the audience to find two or three people each and get them signed up to vote.

“We have 43,345 registered voters right now,” Brooks said. “Unless something happens out of the ordinary, we’ll being doing good to get 22,000 voters out in August and November. That’s sad.

“If people are interested in their community, their county, their state and their government, they should not have to be prodded to go to the polls and vote on election day,” she added.

The Circuit Court clerk also informed her listeners that they can register on-line by going to Secretary of State’s website.

Once registered a voter does not need to register again if they maintain their same physical address and are active voters. Voters who do not participate in two federal election cycles (8 years) could be purged from the voter rolls. Election commissioners will attempt to contact a voter before removing them from the list of voters.

Brooks applauded the Jones County election commissioners, saying they work diligently by reading newspapers, checking social media sites, and by getting reports from the state of Mississippi in an effort to maintain the integrity of the voter rolls.

Residents register as a “Jones County” voter, not as a Republican or Democrat, explained Brooks, noting that neither political designation is put by your name when you fill out the paperwork to vote.

Voters can start voting at 7:00 a.m. on August 6 for the primary election. Polls will close that day at 7:00 p.m. If necessary the primary run-offs will be held on August 27.

Voters should be aware that whichever party ballot they choose on August 6 will be the party ballot they will have to choose on the August 27 runoff date. If a voter does not cast a ballot on August 6, he or she can choose either party ballot on the August 27 run-off election date. Voters can support candidates of either party during the general election in November.

If you need more information please contact Concetta Brooks at 601-319-6481 or 601-428-3115.

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