With only seven days remaining until Election Day, more Mississippians have already casted ballots than voted early in the 2016 race.

In Alcorn County, absentee voting is also moving at a brisk pace.

As of Sunday, 1,224 absentee ballots had been received in Alcorn County. Around 250 remained out, according to Secretary of State Michael Watson.

Nearly 170,000 absentee ballots had been requested statewide and about 142,600 of those had been completed and returned by Sunday said Watson in a press release. That compares to 103,000 total absentee ballots that were cast in the state during the 2016 election. This year’s absentee numbers surpassed the 2016 numbers a week ago.

Nationally more than 58.6 million early votes have been received.

People may cast an absentee ballot by mail or at the Alcorn County Circuit Clerk’s office. The deadline for in-person absentee voting is Saturday. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, which is Nov. 3, and must be received within five business days.

Mississippi is expanding access to curbside voting for people with symptoms of COVID-19 and setting a new process to let voters correct minor discrepancies with signatures on absentee ballots.

The Magnolia State is one of five states without no-excuses early voting. Absentee voting in the state is available to anyone who is 65 or older or who has a temporary or permanent disability. It is also available to people who have to work on Election Day when polls are open or to people who will be out of town on Election Day, including college students.

Anchoring the ballot is the presidential race between Republican President Donald J. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, a democrat.

Mississippi voters will also vote for a new state flag, medical marijuana and a key senate race.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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