Mis­sis­sippi sees low num­ber of re­quests for ab­sen­tee bal­lots

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The Ok­tibbeha County Sher­iff's Of­fice will of­fer CPR/ AED classes to the pub­lic, be­gin­ning on June 6. The train­ing is through the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion (AHA) and the cost is $25.00 per per­son.

The depart­ment says it can ac­com­mo­date 10 stu­dents per class, which will be weekly, on al­ter­nat­ing Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days be­gin­ning June 6 at 6 p.m. If you wish to at­tend, please re­serve a seat by con­tact­ing 662-323-2421 to be placed on the ros­ter.

North Mis­sis­sippi Med­i­cal Cen­ter - West Point Well­ness Cen­ter will host two ses­sions of Sum­mer Xtreme Camp: July 9-13 and July 16-20.

The camp, for chil­dren age 5-8, meets from 8 a.m.-noon each day at the Well­ness Cen­ter. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude yoga, CPR in­struc­tion, an ob­sta­cle course, daily ex­er­cise, snacks and more. Par­tic­i­pants should bring a towel for wa­ter play. The cost is $100 per mem­ber child or $125 per non­mem­ber child.

To reg­is­ter by the Fri­day prior to the ses­sion or for more in­for­ma­tion, call (662) 495-9355. The NMMC-West Point Well­ness Cen­ter is lo­cated at 185 Med­i­cal Cen­ter Cir­cle.

JACK­SON (AP) — Mis­sis­sippi's top elec­tions of­fi­cial said Tues­day that a “dis­ap­point­ing” num­ber of ab­sen­tee bal­lots have been re­quested for the June 5 party pri­maries for U.S. House and Se­nate.

Sec­re­tary of State Del­bert Hose­mann said in a state with 1.8 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers, only about 6,000 peo­ple have re­quested ab­sen­tee bal­lots.

Hose­mann said he hopes the ab­sen­tee num­bers don't re­flect how many peo­ple will vote in per­son, but added: “I'm not ex­pect­ing a large turnout, un­for­tu­nately.”

Re­pub­li­cans and Democrats each have a party pri­mary for a U.S. Se­nate seat now held by Re­pub­li­can Roger Wicker. Six can­di­dates are run­ning in the Demo­cratic pri­mary, and Wicker faces one chal­lenger for the Re­pub­li­can nom­i­na­tion.

Each party has a pri­mary for cen­tral Mis­sis­sippi's 3rd District House seat, where Re­pub­li­can in­cum­bent Gregg Harper is not seek­ing re-elec­tion after a decade in of­fice. The Re­pub­li­can pri­mary has six can­di­dates, and the Demo­cratic pri­mary has two.

Re­pub­li­cans also have a pri­mary in south Mis­sis­sippi's 4th District, with Re­pub­li­can in­cum­bent Steven Palazzo fac­ing one chal­lenger.

If runoffs are needed, they will be June 26.

Mis­sis­sippi al­lows ab­sen­tee vot­ing if peo­ple will be out of their home county on elec­tion day, in­clud­ing if they are on mil­i­tary duty or away at school. Any­one 65 or older may vote ab­sen­tee, as may any per­son with a tem­po­rary or per­ma­nent phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity.

Mis­sis­sippi vot­ers re­quested 20,924 ab­sen­tee bal­lots be­fore the fed­eral pri­maries in 2016, when pres­i­den­tial races were on the bal­lot, ac­cord­ing to the sec­re­tary of state's of­fice.

The of­fice did not have in­for­ma­tion about how many ab­sen­tee bal­lots were re­quested a week be­fore the fed­eral midterm pri­maries in 2014, when the most fiercely con­tested race was for the Re­pub­li­can nom­i­na­tion for Mis­sis­sippi's other U.S. Se­nate seat. In­cum­bent Thad Cochran trailed state Sen. Chris McDaniel in a three-way pri­mary, but de­feated McDaniel in a runoff three weeks later. Cochran won the 2014 gen­eral elec­tion and re­signed from the Se­nate this spring, cit­ing health con­cerns.

Gov. Phil Bryant ap­pointed fel­low Re­pub­li­can Cindy Hyde-Smith to tem­po­rar­ily suc­ceed Cochran, and a spe­cial elec­tion will be held in Novem­ber to fill the fi­nal two years of the term. There are no party pri­maries for that race. Hyde-Smith, McDaniel, Demo­cratic former U.S. Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Mike Espy and Demo­cratic former Gau­tier City Coun­cil mem­ber Tobey Bar­tee are all on the same bal­lot. If no­body wins a ma­jor­ity Nov. 6, the top two advance to a Nov. 27 runoff.

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