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Voter turnout varies in DeSoto County primary

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HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) -

Polls in Mississippi will be open until 7 p.m. Tuesday for its primary election.

Many residents across DeSoto County are casting their votes for primary races ranging from mayor to alderman.

Sadly, voter turnout has not been that great overall. In Southaven at the Northwest DeSoto Center, there are more campaign workers by a long shot than their are voters, while in other parts of the county voter turnout has been steady at times.

But it has been easy for those to get in and vote, and in many places there has been no wait at all.

In Olive Branch, for the first time in more than 20 years, Mayor Sam Rikard will not run for an office. Rikard is not seeking re-election but has been watching voters come and go for most of the day from different polling places.

"From My perspective this time around it's a good feeling," he said. "This is the most fun I have had on election day in 24 years because there is no stress as far as I'm concerned.

At the Ward 4 polling place in front of Olive Branch City Hall, a spray-painted line on the pavement told candidates and campaign workers how close they can get to the polling places and voters coming and going from it.
Among the more talked about items in the Olive Branch mayoral race are the life-size cutouts of candidate Art Shumway. The cutouts look so realistic they've caused drivers around town, including Mayor Rikard, to wave or do a double take.
"Well I think they are thinner than he is in real life," Rikard said. "if I was going to make a cutout, I would make one chiseled and broad at the shoulders and narrower at the waist, too."

In Hernando voter turnout has been light all day long and at many polling locations there were little or no wait.

"You missed the crowd," said one poll worker. "You know, we'll be busy after a while. They are at lunch. I think they will be here later."

In Southaven, embattled Mayor Greg Davis showed up to cast his ballot at the Northwest DeSoto Center. Mayor Davis is running as an Independent and this primary will help determine his Republican opponent.

When asked, Mayor Davis said he focused his attention toward the alderman race. Many current aldermen will have to testify in the State Auditor's case against him next week in Jackson.  

"We're voting secret ballot today like everybody else," the mayor said. "They get their opportunity today. It's an important primary. A lot of the alderman races will be determined today and the Board of Alderman are the one's who set the policy, so it's real important to get out and vote."

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