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Steady turnout in morning for primary election

As of 11 a.m., the Secretary of State’s Office has received reports of steady turnout at the polls and high traffic on the Elections Hotline (800-829-6786).
We have reports of varying issues including:
   •    Power outages in Washington County caused by inclement weather rendered two machines temporarily unavailable. Precincts followed emergency ballot procedures for respective machines. Power was restored approximately 10:00 a.m.
   •    Minor delays in polling place openings in the following counties: 
      o    DeSoto

      o    Hinds (2)
      o    Lowndes
   •    Campaigning within 150 feet of a polling place
   •    Precinct 526 in Madison County ran out of Republican ballots but has since been replenished
   •    Precinct 36 in Leflore County ran out of Democratic ballots but has since been replenished
   •    Old voter identification materials containing a picture of the former Secretary of State located at precincts in Rankin and Harrison Counties
   •    Late precinct changes in Hinds County: 
      o    Pinehaven precinct (formerly located at Sumner Hill Middle School) moved to Clinton Fire Station located at 1973 Pinehaven Drive
      o    Eudora Welty Library precinct relocated to the Old Capital Inn
Polls close at 7 p.m. Any voter in line at 7 p.m. is entitled to cast a ballot.
Problems at the polls observed by State observers or otherwise reported to our Elections Division will be referred to the authorities, including the Attorney General’s Office or the appropriate District Attorney’s Office. As a reminder, the Secretary of State’s Office has no enforcement authority over election-related issues.
As a reminder, Primary Elections are conducted by each political party’s respective County Executive Committee.

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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