Qualifying deadline looms
by Candrese Jones
Aug 29, 2010 | 1336 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The qualifying deadline for the November general election is Sept. 4.

The general election will include congressional races; nonpartisan judicial races (i.e. circuit, chancery and county judges); and county school board races.

Also, this year there will be a special election for district attorney.

Bolivar County Circuit Court Clerk Marilyn Kelly said out of the six school board seats up for grabs only one candidate has submitted all documents for qualification.

Incumbent George Evan Jr. for the Cleveland School District subdistrict 5 has qualified to run for the seat of board of trustee.

“The qualifying date has ended for the county judge race,” said Kelly, in a previous interview. “Incumbent Gwendolyn Thomas and Aelicia Thomas are vying for the county court judge seat.

“However, all other positions are either still open for qualifying or qualifying has not begun,” she said, in a press release. “

As an example, Kelly said qualifying for county school board positions had opened Aug. 4 and would end Sept. 3.

Kelly said her office has received several calls about information on qualifying.

“It is urgent that all interested candidates submit their qualification paperwork in early,” she said. “There is a small chance that there will be something missing. In the past, we have had candidates needing an adequate amount of elector signatures for their petitions.

“Sometimes candidates don’t have enough signatures from electors in their subdistricts,” said Kelly. “This is why it so important to submit qualification paperwork in early instead of the day of or moments before the deadline.

“A candidate then may not have a second chance to get those additional signatures but if they are turned in early, the candidates will have the opportunity to do so,” she said.

“Candidates may now obtain qualifying applications through the circuit clerk’s office or online with our elections portal http://bolivarms.myecounty.com/reference/candidates/candidates.html,” she said. “Electors may also register to vote online by going to our elections portal and downloading the voter registration form.

“Once complete, this form must be submitted to the circuit clerk’s office at least 30 days prior to any given election,” said Kelly. “We encourage electors to visit our elections portal and navigate through the many benefits of the site.”

Kelly said out of the six school districts in Bolivar County, each district’s subdistrict has at least one seat up for grabs.

Positions include:

• West Bolivar School District, subdistrict 3.

• Benoit School District, subdistrict 2.

• Cleveland School District, subdistrict 5.

• Shaw School District, subdistrict 3.

• North Bolivar School District, subdistrict 3.

• Mound Bayou School District, subdistrict 4, plus a special election held for subdistrict 1.

“That’s a total of seven seats up for grabs,” said Kelly.

“As always, it’s extremely important that electors act early when it comes to registering or updating their voter record,” she said. “This will be a statewide election and it takes time for information to filter through the many counties of Mississippi if individuals have moved.

“The Statewide Election Management System is a good system but it’s not perfect,” said Kelly. “It is only as good and quick as the information we have obtained to put into it.”

For more information contact the Bolivar County Circuit Clerk’s office at 662-843-2061.