January 25, 2011 10:52:00 AM
Absentee ballots now are available at circuit clerks'' offices for the Feb. 1 Northern District transportation commissioner runoff election.
Mike Tagert of Starkville, president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, and John Caldwell Sr. of Nesbit, transportation director for the DeSoto County School District, were the highest vote-getters in the Jan. 11 special election, which had seven candidates.
The transportation race was to fill a vacancy created by the Nov. 1 death of Commissioner Bill Minor of Holly Springs. The three-member Mississippi Transportation Commission oversees one of the largest agencies in state government, with responsibility over highways, bridges, ports and airports.
The northern district encompasses 33 counties, including Oktibbeha, Lowndes, Clay and Monroe counties.
The deadline for voting absentee inside the circuit clerks'' offices is Saturday at noon. In Lowndes, Clay and Oktibbeha counties, circuit clerk offices will be open for absentee voting from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday. In Monroe County, the circuit clerk''s office will be open from 9 a.m.-noon.
Absentee ballots mailed to electors must be returned by mail to the circuit clerk''s office on or before Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. to be counted.
For additional information, contact your county''s circuit clerk.