By Patsy R. Brumfield

Daily Journal

Mississippi will not be part of today’s Super Tuesday presidential primaries or caucuses in 22 states.

Our party primary elections start March 11.

If you’re not registered to vote, there’s still time do so in some counties, where the deadline is 5 p.m. Friday.

Lee County is one of them, said Carol Horton, an assistant to Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin. For other counties in Northeast Mississippi, check with your circuit clerk. Your office may be open until noon Saturday.

Mississippi’s party primaries will choose nominees who will meet in the Nov. 4 general election, along with independents and third-party candidates.

On the ballot is a U.S. Senate seat, occupied by Republican Thad Cochran, and a U.S. House seat, vacated when Roger Wicker of Tupelo was appointed U.S. senator to fill Trent Lott’s seat until the general election can decide who serves the rest of Lott’s term.

In all Mississippi counties, the circuit clerk’s office will be open for absentee voting March 1 and March 8 from 8 a.m. until noon, state law requires.

It also is open during regular office hours weekdays.

Some registered voters are eligible to vote absentee because of age, health or work demands, or their affiliation with the U.S. armed forces. For example, voters who will be outside their county of residence on election day are entitled to vote by absentee ballot.

Check with your circuit or municipal clerk to determine if you’re entitled to vote absentee and how to do it, the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office advises.

Once you are registered to vote, you generally remain registered indefinitely, unless you move or no longer meet one of the qualifications to vote.

Today, Republican presidential candidates seek to win 1,023 delegates at stake in primaries in 15 states, caucuses in five and the West Virginia state convention.

Democratic candidates are campaigning for 1,681 delegates in 15 primaries and caucuses in seven states plus American Samoa.

Contact Daily Journal news editor Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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