Mississippi has low number of absentee ballot requests


Mississippi’s top elections official says a “disappointing” number of absentee ballots have been requested for the June 5 party primaries for U.S. House and Senate.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Tuesday that in a state with 1.8 million registered voters, only about 6,000 people have requested absentee ballots.

His office did not have information about how many absentee ballots were requested a week before the last federal midterm election in 2014.

Republicans and Democrats each have a party primary for a U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Roger Wicker.

Each party has a primary for central Mississippi’s 3rd District House seat, where Republican incumbent Gregg Harper is not seeking re-election.

Republicans also have a primary in south Mississippi’s 4th District, with Republican incumbent Steven Palazzo facing one challenger, E. Brian Rose.

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