Bolivar County votes certified
by Paisley Boston
Jul 06, 2014 | 2465 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Election Commission officially certified the primary runoff votes for Bolivar County on Wednesday.

Thad Cochran received 1,996 votes while his opponent Chris McDaniel received 761 votes.

There were only six voters who did not present valid voter identification in the primary and were notified to do so within 5 days of the election.

No voter appeared and these results are now final.

"In the first primary, we had seven individuals who appeared at the polls without identification and during the primary runoff, we had a total of six. We have not compared any information to see whether or not these are the same individuals," Bolivar County Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly.

"The Secretary of State Office even made attempts to contact these individuals in every county. We are trying our best to reach out to the voters in Bolivar County," she added.

According to the new voter identification law, voters who appeared at the polls without valid photo identification had five days to present identification to the circuit clerk.

Bolivar County had six voters to appear at the polls June 24 without ID.

These individuals were required to appear before the Circuit Clerk with a valid ID on or before July 1, in order for their vote to count but none of them appeared before the deadline.

"When individuals appear at the polls without identification, they are given the opportunity to cast their vote but they are also given an instruction sheet that details what they need to do in order to have their vote count. Bolivar County does not want to see the vote of any citizen disenfranchised," added Kelly.

"I am proud that Bolivar County has only a few incidental issues. When it comes to our election, we are able to get through it well and we did that successfully," she continued.

"I know a lot of our voters were and still are a little unsettled about the new voter identification law. It is a bothersome process to us all because this is something extra that we all have to do before voting but it is the law and this is something that we must do," said Kelly.

According to voter identification laws, the only voters exempted from the new requirement are voters with a religious objection to being photographed.

These individuals may vote an affidavit ballot, which will be counted if the voter returns to the appropriate circuit clerk within five days after the election and executes an affidavit that the religious exemption applies.

Kelly said voters have roughly five months to prepare for the November election and the same procedures will be enforce during this election."

"Voters will be asked to show valid identification – this is going to be the norm now. We encourage voters to make whatever corrections they need to make to get valid identification so that their vote will count. We would rather do the work now, instead of waiting until after the fact and have to catch up with voters after the election," she added.

"We know it may be a little inconvenient but citizens are free to contact my office if they need any assistance with receiving a voter identification card," said Kelly.