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Absentee voting now open for Sept. 4 special election

Absentee voting is now open for the Sept. 4 special school bond election.

Absentee voting will continue through Sept. 1 at noon at the Jefferson Davis County Circuit Clerk’s office.

The circuit clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

It will also be open the last two Saturdays prior to the election, Aug. 25 and Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. until noon.

Voters that do not vote absentee will cast their vote Sept. 4 at the designating polling location for their district.

Districts 1 and 5 will vote at J.E. Johnson Elementary School in the former Prentiss High School building on Mississippi Avenue in Prentiss.

District 3 will vote at G. W. Carver Elementary School on Williamsburg Road in Bassfield.

Districts 2 and 4 will vote at the Dennis Fortenberry Career Center, also known as the Vo-Tech, on Hwy. 42 in Carson.

There is a detailed chart on page 14 of this edition broken down to include each of the 17 precincts.

All Sept. 4 voting locations will be handicap accessible and voters will be allowed to curbside vote if necessary.

“Nothing has changed with this election except where the votes are cast,” said elections commissioner Linda Speights.

“Everything will be run exactly the same as any other election.”

There will be nine poll workers at J.E. Johnson and the D. F. Career Center, and five at G.W. Carver.

This allows for four poll workers to be at each table and one to serve as bailiff at the door of the voting building.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

District meetings for the public to ask questions or voice their concerns will begin this week starting with District 1 on July 26.

District meetings will be held each Thursday at 6 p.m.

The public is allowed to attend and participate in any district meeting, not just their own.

Questions and comments from the public will be limited to three minutes per person.

The Jefferson Davis County School District is asking for a bond in the amount of $14 million for the purpose of building a new high school and athletic complex at S. J. Garner Road in Carson.

According to the legal resolution, the bond will be for the purpose of paying the costs, including the costs of borrowing, of purchasing, erecting, repairing, equipping, remodeling and enlarging school buildings and related facilities, purchasing land therefor, establishing and equipping school athletic fields and necessary facilities connected therewith, and providing necessary water, light, heating, air conditioning and sewerage facilities for such school buildings and related facilities, including but not limited to constructing and equipping a new high school.