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Statewide 11/03/08

What you need to know before going to the polls

By Monica Hernandez - bio | email

MISSISSIPPI (WLBT)- The day before an historic presidential election, there's some information you need to know before you go to the polls.

With 190,000 new registrants in the state, election officials have been inundated with questions. So WLBT set out to bring you some answers.

If you're a first-time mail-in registrant and you didn't send a form of id with your registration form, you need to bring some form of identification to the polls. Any photo I.D., utility bill, paycheck, or government document showing your name and address will work.

And officials expect a record turn-out, so be prepared to wait in line.

"First thing in the morning, with so many people stopping, you may have to wait an hour or more," said Dunn.

"Anybody that can avoid the hours of 7-9 [AM] or 5-7 [PM] is probably going to vote quicker, so if you can schedule some off-period at work, or opt to start a little bit differently, I'd encourage you to do that," said Hosemann.

And election officials have this bit of advice as well.

"We're asking everyone to review the ballot, take time to review the ballot," said Hosemann. "Don't get there and say, 'Who's running for Supreme Court?'"

"Patience. That's what [voters] need to have. And we do too. It'll be a long day for everyone," said Connie Cochran, Hinds County Election Commissioner.

And please remember to watch what you wear on when you go to the polls. It's against the law to wear anything with a candidate's name or campaign information within 150 feet of a polling place.

You should note that the deadline to walk into a circuit clerk's office and vote absentee was Saturday at noon. Walk-in absentee ballots can't legally be cast after that time. Mail-in absentee ballots received by 5:00 PM Monday will be accepted. Mail-in ballots received after 5:00 Monday evening but before 7:00 PM Tuesday will only count for the presidential election.

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