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Mississippi voter registration has good turnout on Independence Day

HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Saturday was the deadline to register to vote in Mississippi's elections. Despite the holiday, turnout was good at the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's Office. Seventeen people had already shown up by 11am. 

"I'm very excited. My son turned 18 and I wanted him to come down and get registered to vote," says Beverley Johnson Durham of Jackson. 

It will be a turning point in Jonathan Durham's life, getting out to the polls for the first time in the primaries and choosing the candidates he likes best for local offices. 

"I just feel like I have a voice, I gotta use it. So I gotta vote to help the country get better," he tells us. 

It's customary for Circuit Clerk's Offices around the state to be open 30 days before an election for voter registration. But Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn says it's normally not on the day the United States Celebrates its Independence. 

"This is a first," Dunn says. 

Susie Brown of Jackson says it's fitting that her 23-year-old son would choose this day to register to vote for the very first time.

"With today being Independence Day, I felt like that was a sign that it is time for my son to come up here and register to vote. A lot of people have given their lives so that we would have this right," Brown tells us. 

I feel like it's time I need to exercise my right to vote to the fullest," Kerry Brown, Jr. says. "Wherever it is I need to vote, that's where I'm going to try and vote." 

A person who will be 18 on or before the general election on November 3rd may register to vote in the primary. 

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