Forrest Co. Circuit Clerk expected more absentee ballots

FORREST COUNTY, Miss. - Election day is officially a few hours away and voter precincts across the country will be busy for the historical 2016 Presidential Election.

However here in the Pine Belt, Forrest County Circuit Clerk, Gwen Wilks said she expected more absentee ballots on Saturday.

“Well it did seem like a lot, but you know we did talk about it on Saturday, I can remember plenty of Presidential Elections, there were a lot more people" said Wilks.

She added, "Even though the turn-out was big, there have been bigger turn outs." Wilks said there are about 47,000 registered voters in Forrest County and on Saturday only 1500 absentee ballots were sent.

She said its hard to put a number on how many voters will turn out on Election day.

“There is no way I can tell you an exact amount, you know thousands, but to give you an exact amount, I just do not know how to figure that" said Wilks.

Although she expected more absentee ballots, the phones have been ringing non-stop about voting.

Wilks said, “Some of them are little confused, they think you have to have your voter registration card, it is not your voter registration card, that you have to have, but our picture I.D.”

It is Wilks first here at Forrest county Circuit Clerk and she hopes Tuesday will run smoothly.

“I hate to say it this way, you kind of feel like you are putting fires out all the time, but that is okay we got it taken care of" Wilks said.

Voting starts 7 a.m. Tuesday.

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