Congressional runoff set to take place June 23

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

While many are looking ahead and focusing on precautions for safely conducting the November Presidential election, Sunflower County Circuit Clerk Carolyn Hamilton has a more pressing issue—a June 23 Republican runoff for the Second Congressional District. Thomas L. Carey and Brian Flowers are vying for a shot at the seat held by long-term Democrat Bennie Thompson.

The election was postponed because of the cornavirus outbreak, but is now moving forward. “We do not anticipate a huge turnout, but the election will have to proceed as scheduled,” Hamilton said. The entire county will be involved; however, those who voted Democrat in the March 10 election will not be able to vote Republican in the June 23 election.

Anyone that did not vote at all in the March 10 election or voted on the Republican ballot will be allowed to vote in June.

Hamilton said precautionary measures include supplying each precinct with hand sanitizers, gloves and masks. “Commissioners may be in tomorrow (Wednesday) and we may decide to make it mandatory for every voter to wear a mask,” she said. If masks are deemed mandatory, Hamilton said they will have those available to give to the voters as they come to the polls.

She said, “We will exercise the social distancing and encourage each voter to sanitize hands prior to coming in the precinct and leaving the precinct. Sanitizer will be available as well.”

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