Monday, March 23, 2015

Confused About Your House/Senate District? Help is on the Way!!

Election years always bring some confusion to the voting public. Keeping up with changing district lines, voting dates, primary dates, absentee voting and registration requirements can be a challenge even for the most informed voter.

This year, the addition of a special election to fill the U. S. House seat for the first Congressional District has added even more complexity to the voting process.

Winston Web would like to take the opportunity to provide voting dates and deadlines for the upcoming elections as well as explanations and maps of the various Mississippi House and Senate Districts that encompass the County.

Special Election Schedule
The special election for the U.S. House seat vacated by the death of Alan Nunnelee is scheduled for May 12.

Those who have not registered yet to vote must register by noon on April 11 if they wish to vote in this special election.

Absentee voting is allowed until noon on May 9. The Winston County Circuit Clerk Office will be open on Saturdays, May 2 and May 9 until noon to allow for absentee voting.

If a runoff is required, it will be held on June 2.

Absentee voting for the runoff will be allowed until noon on May 30. The Winston County Circuit Clerk Office will be open on May 23 and May 30 until noon for absentee voting.

Regular Election Schedule

The party primaries will be held on August 4.

 Absentee voting will continue until noon on Saturday, August 1. The Winston County Circuit Clerk Office will be open on Saturday July 25 and August 1 until noon for absentee voting.

If a runoff election is required, it will be held three weeks later on August 25.

The final general election will be held on Tuesday, November 3.

Absentee voting will be allowed until noon on October 31. The Winston County Circuit Clerk Office will be open on Saturday, October 24 and October 31 until noon for absentee voting.

The last day to register to vote in the November election is October 3.

All of these dates can be found on Winston Web’s calendar and our schedule of upcoming events.

The 2010 census resulted in some changes to Mississippi House
and Senate district lines. The following maps indicate these district lines. Winston County is actually divided and is part of four separate House districts. Geographically House District 35 is the largest district in Winston County, followed by House District 42, 43 and 45.

Winston County is divided into parts of two Mississippi Senate Districts. This includes District 18 and District 32. Parts of Louisville are split into each of these districts. Noxapater and Nanih Waiya are included in District 18.

Fortunately, more information is on the way according to Circuit Clerk Kim Ming. All registered voters in Winston County will be receiving a voter registration letter in the mail as early as next week. (This is not to be confused with Voter ID registration.)

This letter will include your specific information, your polling location (where you vote) the Mississippi House District in which you reside, the Mississippi Senate District in which you reside and the County Supervisor District (beat) in which you reside.

Ming indicated that if you are a registered voter and do not receive this card within the next two weeks, you should contact her office. If you have further questions, call 662-773-3581.

A full list of candidates and these districts maps are available at all times on the WinstonWebNews site under the “Candidates” tab.