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Mississippians to decide runoff elections Tuesday

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Two statewide races remind undecided for the general election ballot.

On the Democratic side, it's the choice for governor.

Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree is in a runoff with Clarksdale businessman Bill Luckett.

The winner goes on the face Republican Phil Bryant.

On the Republican side, it's a battle for state treasurer pitting the Director of the State Personnel Board Lynn Fitch against State Senator Lee Yancey, both looking to become the party's candidate.

As voters prepare to make the final decision on Tuesday, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says keep in mind, no one will be able to vote in both races.

"You can't cross over but if you voted in neither one you can go vote for the first time in either party you want to," Hosemann said.

Anyone who voted in the primary must stick with that same party, but if you did not vote at all during the primary, the party choice is still yours to make.

"It's only if you committed in the first primary that you have to follow your party designation," Hosemann said.

A number of legislative and local races will also be on the ballot, depending on where you live.

State law now requires 75 percent of all voting machines to be out at precincts which Hosemann says will speed up the voting process.

Historically, however, voter turnout for primary runoffs are much lower than the actually primary.

"I expect that we're going to have less than twenty percent vote of the eligible voters and so what will happen is your vote counts for five people," Hosemann said.

Hosemann says voter apathy is always a concern and even though the races are limited showing up at the polls is more than just a choice.

"I think you need to remember there are a lot of people that are risking their lives right now today for your right to vote," Hosemann said.

The runoff's are still being ran by the political parties themselves and Hosemann says problems found during the primary; like precincts not opening on time, should no longer be an issue.

"Some of the issues that we found earlier we've asked the parties to address," Hosemann said.

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