Ashli Nicole Coggins
Primary elections for the state of Miss. are being held on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2016. According to Vote-Ms.org, polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and this election will decide which candidates will advance to the general election, which is being held in Nov.
The last day to register to vote in the primary election was Feb. 6, listed the Miss. Secretary of State’s website, sos.ms.gov. Voters were able to register at their local Circuit Clerk’s office, Municipal Clerk’s office, the Department of Public Safety, or through the mail.
According to sos.ms.gov, the ballot in this year’s primary election will include candidates for president, vice president, U.S. representative, supreme court justice, court of appeals judge, levee commissioner, and election commissioner.
Depending on the voter’s location in the state, candidates for specific offices on the ballot may differ; however, candidates running for president and the House of Representatives will remain central throughout the state.
Vote-ms.org provided for voters a mock ballot for the upcoming election.
On the ballot provided by the website, Democrats voting in the election will have the options of choosing Hillary Clinton, Roque De La Fuente, Bernie Sanders, or Martin O’Malley for president. For the House of Representatives, they have the option of selecting Bennie G. Thompson, or writing in another potential candidate.
The mock ballot on vote-ms.org also provides the republican candidates for president: Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, George Pataki, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, and Rick Santorum. For House of Representatives, voters may choose John Bouie, or write in a candidate.
Asjah Amos, a sophomore, English education major from Jackson, Miss. spoke on the ballots.
“This should be an interesting election, especially for the republicans. There are so many candidates to choose from. Waiting for results is going to be a total chaos.”
For voters in the state, who will not be in town or able to go to the polls on Election Day, there is an absentee ballot.
Sos.ms.gov lists instructions for these residents, urging them to check with their circuit or municipal clerk to determine whether or not they are eligible to vote absentee. Once they are deemed eligible, they have 45 days within Election Day to submit their ballot, so that their vote can be counted.
“I voted absentee last week while I was visiting home,” said Kamron Calvert, a sophomore, health care administration major from West Point, Miss. “The presidential election is a big one, and I had to make sure that my vote would be counted, even though I’m going to be at school on Election Day.”
Jackson State University also serves as a voting precinct for students who may not be able to travel home to vote in the election.
“I always vote at Jackson State during election season. It makes me feel as if my voice isn’t dead, even though I’m not back home,” said Courtney Robinson, a senior business major from Chicago.
According to Uselections.com, the runoff regarding this primary election will be held on Mar. 29. The general election is taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, and the last day to register is Oct. 8.