Jackson residents will have a new way to vote when they head to the polls Tuesday. Voters can expect to make selections on a paper ballot.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Voters across Mississippi headed to the polls Tuesday for municipal primary elections with some of the toughest primaries in Jackson, Madison and Vicksburg. Overall turnout has been light.
The Mississippi Secretary of State is reporting sporadic voting problems.
In Canton and Crenshaw there were reports of voter harassment.
In Greenwood there were reports of improper voting assistance and voters being denied ballots.
Jackson Mayor Harvey Johnson, Jr. is seeking his fourth term and faces nine other democrats, and three independent candidates.
Jackson residents had a new way to vote when they head to the polls Tuesday. Voters made selections on a paper ballot and then fed that paper into the voting machine.
"This is a new way, but it's a good, exciting way. The only thing you have to do is go by and get your voter application from the registrar and then darken in your choice of candidates and then all that you do is take it over to the machine and insert it," explains Linda Sanders, Election Commissioner.
Machines were available for voters to insert their ballot.
"The machines are called AutoMARK, and [they] are very easy to use. What it does, it counts your vote and then it also brings back the ballot that you have filled out and what we do with that, if there is an error, which we know there is not going to be, we have a paper trail to count [the votes] with," confirms Sanders.
Voters in Madison will choose between longtime republican Mayor of Madison Mary Hawkins Butler and County Supervisor John Bell Crosby.
First term Vicksburg Mayor Paul Winfield is being challenged by Representative George Flaggs, Jr., businesswoman Linda Fondren and three other democrats, plus one independent.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and primary runoffs will be held May 21. The general election is June 4.
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