The only county-level race is fifth district school board, a post currently held by Randy Wilbanks. Qualifying for the post will run from Aug. 6 to Sept. 5.
Qualifying opened Jan. 1 for the various judicial races on the ballot, including circuit and chancery judges and court of appeals judge. Several incumbent judges for the district have already submitted qualifying paperwork, according to the Secretary of State’s Office — James L. Roberts Jr., circuit judge, district 1 place 4; Michael Malski, chancery judge, district 1 place 2; and Talmadge D. Littlejohn, chancery judge, district 1 place 4.
Qualifying for the nonpartisan judicial races continues through May 9.
The national focus for this year’s elections will be the political stakes of the midterm congressional races, with all of the U.S. House of Representatives and one-third of the U.S. Senate up for election. For local voters, that means the seats currently held by Sen. Thad Cochran (R) and Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R) will be on the ballot.
Qualifying is open for the congressional races and runs through March 1. The party primary elections will be held on June 3.
Cochran already has a challenger from within his party — District 42 Mississippi Sen. Christopher McDaniel.
Election officials are preparing for some of the changes that come this year, including voter identification and a new precinct for Alcorn County.
Circuit Clerk Joe Caldwell said voters who will be affected by the addition of a 17th precinct — Shady Grove — will get a new voter information card in the mail. Located at the new Biggersville fire station just south of Corinth at 911 Highway 45, the Shady Grove precinct will include county residents who previously voted at the College Hill precinct at the American Legion on South Tate Street.
The Circuit Clerk’s Office is also prepared to issue voter I.D. cards to eligible voters who have no other form of identification. Thus far, no one has requested one, said Caldwell.