Deadline nears for voter reg.
by Kaitlyn Tucker
Sep 30, 2010 | 1387 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Saturrday is the deadline to register to vote in the November general election.

In Bolivar County, the circuit clerk’s office is extending hours to ensure everyone enough time to get registered.

“We will be opened September 27 through October 1 to 7 p.m. for voter registration,” said Marilyn Kelly, the circuit clerk.

The circuit clerk office will also be open from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday for voter registration.

There are multiple ways to register to vote.

“You may register to vote either by mail or by visiting the Circuit Clerk's Web site to complete an online-fillable registration form at http://bolivarms.myecounty.com,” said Kelly. “You may also register to vote at your municipal clerk's office, when applying for or renewing your driver's license or when applying for services at numerous state and federal government agencies.”

In order to qualify to vote, citizens in Mississippi must meet the following:

• be an inhabitant of Mississippi, except persons judicially declared mentally incompetent.

• be at least 18 years old, or will turn 18 by the date of the next general election.

• be a resident of the state, county and supervisor’s district for at least 30 days.

• have never been convicted of any crime listed in Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution (murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement or bigamy).

Once you are registered to vote, you remain so indefinitely.

However, moving will result in having to register again to vote.

Additionally, being convicted of one of the crimes in Section 241 of the Mississippi Constitution will remove your right to vote.