Circuit clerk provides election information
by Anne Hart Preus
Aug 13, 2014 | 1368 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The next election for Bolivar County residents is not until Nov. 4 but Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly reminds voters of coming deadlines and the necessity of a photo ID.

The last date to register to vote for the General Election, according to Kelly, is Oct. 3.

"Judicial candidates and school board candidates will be on the ballot Nov. 4," said Kelly.

The deadline to qualify for the judicial races has passed.

Catherine Farris-Carter qualified for Chancery Court Judge District 7 Position 1. For Circuit Court Judge District 11, Albert B. Smith qualified for Position 1; Johnnie E. Walls for Position 2; and Chaka D. Smith and Charles E. Webster for Position 3.

Qualifying for County Court Judge were W. Hunter Nowell and Aelicia L. Thomas.

Voters will also cast ballots for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Travis Childers is the Democrat running for the senate against Republican Thad Cochran.

Democrat Bennie Thompson is unopposed in the 2nd Congressional District race.

The deadline to qualify for school board seats is Sept. 5 at 5 p.m.

Kelly said, "To run for the school board, a person must be non-partisan, have no felony convictions and be a registrant in the district where they are running. That candidate has to have 50 signatures on a petition to qualify."

School boards have staggered seats so every board seat is not up for election at the same time.

The newly consolidated districts will also have a seat up for election.

In the Cleveland School District, the District 4 seat held by Harvey Jackson will be decided.

In the North Bolivar Consolidated School District, District 1's seat held by Roger Morris will be up for election and in the West Bolivar Consolidated School District, District 1 held by Ruby Miller will be voted on.

To vote, a person has to have a photo ID.

" In the last election, seven people without an ID tried to vote but they were turned away," said Kelly. "Please come in and get your ID."

Photo ID's can be obtained in the circuit clerk's office free of charge. “A person can walk in now and in a few days their ID will be sent," said Kelly.

To obtain an ID, a person should bring a birth certificate, social security card, utility bill or any item that can verify their date of birth and residency.

To find out more, visit the Web site at