Election season is around the corner for Corinth, and the city has finalized the calendar for qualifying and other important dates.
All of the elected positions – mayor, six aldermen and police chief – are up for election this year. Most Mississippi cities had elections last year, but Corinth is one of a handful that are on a different election cycle.
The qualifying period is set to open on Friday, April 8, at City Hall. City Clerk Vickie Roach said she anticipates having qualifying packets available for prospective candidates to pick up beginning in mid-March. The qualifying period will run through June 3.
The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 2 with runoffs, if needed, on Aug. 23. The general election follows on Oct. 4.
When the qualifying window opens, those who want to run with political party affiliation must file a letter of intent and pay the qualifying fee at the municipal clerk’s office at City Hall. The fee goes to the executive committee of the respective political party.
Anyone who wishes to run as an independent candidate must submit a petition containing the names of at least 50 qualified electors. It is recommended to get extra names in case some do not make the cut.
Absentee ballots for the party primaries will be available beginning June 17.
People who are not registered voters need to get registered by July 5 in order to be able to vote in the primary election. They should visit the Circuit Clerk’s Office at the courthouse for voter registration.
Some election law changes four years ago resulted in the city’s primary and general election dates being farther apart than in the past, with the primary election happening about a month earlier.
This year, redistricting of the city’s ward lines to equalize the populations is pending.
The new four-year term of office for those who are elected will begin on Nov. 7.