With the Aug. 2 primary election a little over a month away, the Clay County Circuit Clerk’s Office is busy sending out absentee voting applications to residents unable to vote on election day, and absentee voting is expected to begin soon.
Residents who receive absentee voting applications must complete the form and have it notarized at the Circuit Clerk’s Office unless the absentee voter is temporarily or permanently disabled. If the absentee voter is temporarily or permanently disabled, the application must be signed by a witness who is 18 years of age or older.
Absentee voters must use the Clay County registry for application notarization, but those who are out of the county for work, hospitalization or another reason listed in the rules below can have their application notarized in a different county.
Once absentee ballots are mailed out, recipients must fill in the ballot properly and sign across the ballot’s envelope flap. The absentee ballot will not be counted if signatures are not signed across the flap. Absentee ballots are expected to be distributed to residents this week.
Qualifications to vote by absentee ballot are as follows:
• Voter is an enlisted or commissioned member, male or female, of any component of the United States Armed Forces and is a citizen of Mississippi, or a spouse or dependent of such a member
• Voter is a member of the Merchant Marines or American Red Cross and is a citizen of Mississippi or a spouse or dependent of such a member
• Voter is a disables war veteran who is a patient in any hospital and is a citizen of Mississippi or a spouse or dependent of such a member
• Voter is a civilian attached to and serving outside of the U.S. with any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces or with the Merchant Marines or American Red Cross, and is a citizen of Mississippi or dependent of such a civilian
• Voter is a citizen of Mississippi temporarily residing outside the territorial limits of the U.S. and District of Columbia
• Voter is a student, teacher or administrator at a college, university, junior or community college, high, junior high, elementary or grade school whose studies or employment at such institution necessitates absence from the county of voting residence or a spouse or dependent of such a student, teacher or administrator who maintains a common domicile outside the city of voting residence with such student, teacher or administrator
• Voter will be outside the county on Election Day
• Voter has a temporary or permanent physical disability
• Voter is 65 years or age or older
• Voter is the parent, spouse or dependent of a person with a temporary or permanent physical disability, who is hospitalized outside his county of residence or more than 50 miles away from his residence, and voter will be with such a person on Election Day
• Voter is a member of the congressional delegation or a spouse or dependent of a member of the congressional delegation
• Voter is required to be at work on Election Day during the times at which the polls will be open