Poll workers prepare for election


WE’RE ABOUT 14 HOURS AWAY FROM AN ELECTION THAT COULD CHANGE THE FACE OF MISSISSIPPI. POLL WORKERS ARE ALREADY PREPARING… 16 WAPT’S ANNE PARKER IS LIVE WHERE THEY’RE GATHERING THOSE BALLOT BOXES. POLL MANAGERS FOR ALL 112 HINDS COUNTY PRECINCTS DROVE THROUGH THE COURTHOUSE TO PICK UP THOSE BALLOT BOXES. THE 550 POLL WORKERS HIRED FOR ELECTION DAY – GO THROUGH A GOOD BIT OF TRAINING TO LEARN PROCEDURES AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE PREPARED TO HELP FOLKS FILL OUT THEIR BALLOTS CORRECTLY. ALL POLL WORKERS ARE EXPECTED TO REPORT AT THEIR PRECINTS BY 6 AM– SO VOTING GETS STARTED ON TIME. CONNIE COCHRAN- CHAIRMAN OF THE ELECTION COMMISSION – SAYS THE FIRST RULE OF TOMORROW: NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY TO VOTE. IF YOU GO AND YOU DON’T HAVE THE PHOTO ID- YOU ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE AN AFFIDAVIT BALLOT WHERE YOU CLEARLY MARK YOU CLEARLY DIDN’T HAVE ID- SO WHEN THOSE COME IN AFTER ELECTION DAY THOSE THAT DIDN’T HAVE ID ARE SEGREGATED FROM THE REST OF THE AFFIDAVITS COCHRAN SAYS REGISTERED VOTERS WITHOUT AN ID ON ELECTION DAY WILL HAVE 5 BUSINESS DAYS TO SHOW THEIR ID FOR THEIR VOTE TO COUNT. A QUICK NOTE FOR ALL VOTERS IN PRECINT 82 AT THE HANGING MOSS CHURCH OF GOD AND CHRIST — VOTING WILL BE OPEN TOMORROW. THERE ARE BARRICADES BLOCKING CARS FROM FROM CROSSING THE BRIDGE — BUT VOTERS CAN COME IN THE SOUTH SIDE! DON’T FORGET– POLLS OPEN AT 7 AM AND CLOSE AT 7 PM. LIVE IN JACKSON, ANNE PARKER, 16 WAPT NEWS. FOR MONTHS 16 WAPT VIEWERS ON BOTH SIDES SAY THEY’VE BEEN CONFUSED OVER THE CHOICES FOR INITIATIVE 42… AND IN SOME CASES — PEOPLE ARE JUST CONFUSED OVER HOW TO PROPERLY VOTE FOR OR AGAINST — THE INITIATIVE. WITH JUST ONE DAY TO GO — 16 WAPT’S SCOTT SIMMONS ASKED THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO MAKE THIS SIMPLE. HE’S LIVE TONIGHT IT IS PERHAPS THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL MEASURE ON THE BALLOT AND THE MOST CONFUSING. SIMPLY PUT THERE ARE TWO SECTIONS WHERE YOU CAN VOTE…. REPUBLICANS RALLYING TODAY AND SPENDING AS MUCH TIME CRITICIZING INTIATIVE 42 AS TALKING ABOUT THEIR OWN CAMPAIGNS. WHAT IS CAUSING CONFUSION IS THAT YOU HAVE A CHOICE TO VOTE ON THE FIRST SECTION IF YOU WANT TO AMEND THE CONSTITUTION OR NOT. EVEN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO ,…IF YOU VOTE IN THE NEXT SECTION FOR 42 OR 42-A….IT WILL BE COUNTED! DELBERT HOSEMANN…SAYS IT HAD TO BE ON THE BALLOT THAT WAY. DELBERT HOSEMAN/SECRETA RY OF STATE: BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION WAS AMENDED THAT WAY IN 1992 AND THAT WAS BEFORE I GOT ELECTED SO DON’T BLAME ME.NO WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THAT AGAIN, I THINK THE LEGISLATURE SHOULD LOOK AT THAT AGAIN, IT IS DIFFICULT IT HAS PROVED DIFFICULT IT IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE EVER DONE THIS. 42 FORCES THE LEGISLATURE TO FOLLOW A FUNDING FORMULA THAT WILL DEMAND MORE MONEY FOR EDUCATION. NOT AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION OR APPROVING 42-A GIVES LAWMAKERS THE ABILITY TO SPEND WHAT IT CHOOSES. WE HAVE SAMPLE BALLOTS AND MORE INFORMATION ON THIS AT OUR WEBSITE AT WAPT-DOT-COM. LIVE IN JACKSON, SCOTT SIMMONS, 16 WAPT NEWS. THANKS, SCOTT. YOU CAN FOLLOW ALL OF THE RACES RIGHT HERE ON 16 WAPT. WE’LL HAVE UP TO THE MINUTE RESULTS ON THE 16 WAPT MOBILE APP AND ON WAPT- DOT-COM. POLLS OPEN TOMORRROW AT 7 IN THE MORNING.

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