September 23, 2009 9:50:00 AM
Absentee ballots are available for the Lowndes County District 1 Justice Court judge''s seat vacated when Phillip Robertson died in November 2008.
In addition to normal business hours -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m.. Monday through Friday -- the Lowndes County Circuit Clerk''s office will be open Saturday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 31, from 8 a.m. until noon, for absentee voting.
Five Lowndes County citizens will be on the Nov. 3 special election ballot to fill the seat for the remainder of the term.
Lowndes County Sheriff''s Office Investigator Lt. Tony Cooper, attorney Chris Hemphill, who has held the seat in the interim, has qualified for the seat, as well as Michael Tate Sr., a semi-retired rental property owner and manager, Carolyn Robertson, Phillip Robertson''s widow and a real estate agent and auctioneer, and Ronald C. Cooke, a retired Justice Court judge.
The deadline for voting by absentee ballot in person is Saturday, Oct. 31, at noon. Mailed absentee ballots must be returned by mail to the circuit clerk''s office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.
Precincts participating in the election are Caledonia, Steens, Immanuel, Airbase, Lee Middle, portions of Columbus High and portions of Brandon/
For more information regarding absentee ballots, call the Lowndes County circuit clerk''s office at 662-329-5900.