May 3, 2014 11:04:41 PM
Some voters casting ballots in the June 3 primary will have to do so in different place than they've had to in the past due to the temporary relocation of two precincts.
Those who have gone to the District 2 volunteer fire department on Jess Lyons Road will be instead vote at the Antioch Baptist Church fellowship hall next door. Construction on a new fire building for the station is under way and the location will not be ready to host an election next month, Lowndes County Circuit Clerk Haley Salazar said.
Construction at West Lowndes High School will necessitate those who normally vote there to go to the school district's central office boardroom on 611 S. Frontage Rd.
Salazar said the circuit clerk's office will ensure that signage indicating the relocation is placed at both locations.
She made a request to county supervisors to relocate the precinct at the Hunt School cafeteria to the new Sims Scott Park recreation building on 909 20th St. N. The request was tabled at the request of District 5 Supervisor Leroy Brooks after he said he had spoken with constituents who were against the relocation. Salazar said she was making the request because of the extra time it takes to open the Hunt School building.
"Anywhere you're voting, you've got to go and ask somebody to open it up," Brooks replied. "I attended a couple of meetings and people were opposed to it. What they thought should happen was rather than voting in the cafeteria to move it back into the gymnasium where we always voted. The park is over the gym at Hunt because it's a larger space, but nobody I talked to was in support of it."
Supervisors agreed to table the motion. The matter will be readdressed during Monday's supervisors meeting.
The Democratic primary will have Travis Childers, William Bond Compton Jr., Bill Marcy and Johnathan Rawl on the ballot for U.S. Senate. Ron Dickey and Rex Weathers for U.S. House of Representatives in the First Congressional District race.
The Republican primary will have Thomas Carey, Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel in the U.S. Senate race.
Mississippi District 1 U.S. Congressman Alan Nunnelee is running unopposed to reclaim his post.
If required, a runoff would be held June 24.
Nathan Gregory covers city and county government for The Dispatch.
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