With 1.8 million registered voters, only about 6,000 people have requested absentee ballots.
Mississippi’s top elections official said Tuesday that 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 in a state with 1.8 million registered voters, only about 6,000 people have requested absentee ballots.
Hosemann said he hopes the absentee numbers don’t reflect how many people will vote in person, but added: “I’m not expecting a large turnout, unfortunately.”
Mississippi allows absentee voting if people will be out of their home county on election day, including if they are on military duty or away at school. Anyone 65 or older may vote absentee, as may any person with a temporary or permanent physical disability.
Mississippi voters requested 20,924 absentee ballots before the federal primaries in 2016, when presidential races were on the ballot, according to the secretary of state’s office.