Registration deadline approaches

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

Regardless of who you plan to vote for this November, Winston County Circuit Clerk Kim Ming, encouraged every citizen to make sure to beat the voter registration deadline on October 6.

“With our military overseas fighting everyday to protect our freedoms, the least we can do is register and vote. It is our duty,” said Ming.

According to Ming, it only takes a few minutes to fill out the voter registration application. Any person may pick up a form from the county circuit clerk or go to the Secretary of State’s website.

“I think everybody needs to take the right to vote very seriously,” said Ming.

Voters who’ve moved to a new county since the last election also need to register in their new county. Once a person is registered, they will be able to cast their ballot n the November 6 election which will feature elections for president, U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. in 1st congressional district, and Supreme Court Justice Northern District. All five Winston County Election Commissioners are running unopposed.

“This is one of the most important elections for our county and country,” said Ming. “Every single vote does count. In our local elections, last year 16 votes made the difference. One vote can always make the difference,” said Ming.

The Winston County Circuit Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. -5 p.m. and will be open Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. until noon to help people register. The circuit clerk will also keep extended hours next week to help those wishing to register. Contact the Clerk’s office for specific times. The Winston County Clerk’s office expects to receive absentee ballots for voting on Oct. 1.

Last November Mississippi voters approved voter I.D. legislation for the state. However, it’s likely that during this November’s election most voters won’t need their photo I.D. to vote since the Department of Justice has not approved the Mississippi plan.

If you have any questions about registering to vote or the upcoming election, call the Winston County Circuit Clerk’s office or the Secretary of State’s election hotline at 1-800-829-6786. The Secretary of State’s website is http://www.sos.ms.gov/.

Important 2012 election dates: Oct. 6 – Last day to register (in the circuit clerk’s office) to vote in the November general election. The circuit clerk’s office must remain open this Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon for voter registration. Oct. 7 – Mail-in voter registration deadline. Mail-in voter registration forms must be postmarked no later than this day to be accepted for the General Election.(*NOTE: This is a SUNDAY. Applicants should mail applications no later than October 6th to avoid missing this deadline.) Oct. 27 – Voter registration deadline. Last day for military and overseas voters to register to vote using a federal postcard application (FPCA) or federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB) (Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-677). Nov. 3 – Absentee balloting deadline. Circuit clerk’s offices must remain open until noon this Saturday for absentee voting for the general election. Nov. 3 at noon is the last day to vote by absentee ballot in the circuit clerk’s office for the general election. Nov. 5 – Absentee balloting. (Monday) Mailed absentee ballots must be received no later than 5 p.m. to be accepted for the general election. NOTE: Absentee ballots received after this deadline are valid only for purposes of counting votes for the presidential race if received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. Military absentee ballots received until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Nov. 6 – GENERAL ELECTION. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m