Mississippi residents who want to register to vote in time for the presidential election have a little over two weeks left to make it happen.

The deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5. It is also recommended that any residents who need to make address or name changes do so now.

The Alcorn County Circuit Clerk’s Office has seen a great deal of interest in the November election.

“We’ve had a lot of people registering,” said Circuit Clerk Crystal Starling. “I would say we are averaging probably at least five a day.”

The clerk’s office will have expanded hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 for those who have never registered. The office will also open on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon for voter registration.

People who have not voted in some time and want to check on their status are welcome to call the office.

“We encourage those calls,” said Starling. “We want people to be able to vote on the machine and not have an issue on election day.”

Address and name changes should be made by Oct. 5 to avoid issues.

With a presidential election, state flag referendum and medical marijuana initiative all on the ballot, a historic voter turnout is expected.

A historic showing among absentee ballots is also expected due to coronavirus. Absentee voting begins on Monday and runs through Saturday, Oct. 31. Saturday hours will be offered on Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to noon and Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starling encourages those who plan to vote absentee to do so early if they wish to avoid lines. For those who will request an absentee ballot by mail, she said they should plan to do it early in the absentee voting window, with the postal service indicating a two-week turnaround time is needed.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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