Hinds County voters will return to the polls Tuesday for a runoff elections for sheriff and District 5 constable.
A special election held Nov. 2 narrowed the Hinds County sheriff’s race from 13 to two candidates and the constable’s race from eight to two candidates. Interim Sheriff Marshand Crisler and opponent Tyree Jones will face off for sheriff. Beverly Wade Green and Juan Cloy made it to the runoff for District 5 constable.
Runoff elections occur when one candidate does not receive more than 50% of the vote plus one.
Here is what to know ahead of the election, including who is on the ballot, how they did in the Nov. 2 election and information about voting on Tuesday.
Hinds County sheriff
Crisler garnered 10,263 votes and 31.05% of the vote while Jones received 7,958 votes and 24.08% of votes on Nov. 2, according to election results from the Hinds County Election Commission.
Crisler was appointed interim sheriff in August following the death of Sheriff Lee Vance.
Crisler has served as a Jackson City councilman. He also has nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience, including with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office, Utica police and U.S. Military Police.
At his Nov. 2 election watch party, he urged people to vote in the runoff election. Crisler said he has the experience and leadership to continue serving as sheriff.
Jones has more than 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office and the Jackson Police Department.
Jones said his law enforcement work has been consistent, giving him an good understanding of crime issues in Jackson and Hinds County.
District 5 constable
In the Nov. 2 election, constable candidate Green received 1,370 votes or 27.2% of the vote and Cloy had 1,157 votes, or 22.97% of all votes cast, according to official election results from the Hinds County Election Commission.
Green’s experience includes work with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer. Now she works as a safety and security advisor for the Mississippi Job Corps Center in Crystal Springs.
Green told the Clarion Ledger she is running for constable because she is passionate about helping people and believes that being a public servant is a way to do that.
Cloy has more than 26 years of experience as a police officer, which includes 17 years with Jackson police, three years as assistant chief for Clinton police and 10 years on the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force. He also has trained police and started a community group called Citizens of Jackson as a way to help reduce crime.
Cloy has told the Clarion Ledger he wants to work toward keeping peace in the city through preventative efforts like working with youth and training police officers.
When do the polls open and close?
Hinds County polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Can I still register to vote?
No. The deadline to register for the special election was Oct. 4.
Where do I vote?
Voters who have a registration card from the Hinds County Circuit Clerk’s office can find their precinct for county elections listed on it.
Registered voters can also visit the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website to find their polling place. Enter an address and the website will give voting precinct information and a list of the candidates that will appear on the ballot.
Voters can also call the Hinds County Election Commission to find out where to vote. A nearby polling place may not be the correct location. Contact the commission at 601-968-6555.
What do I bring to vote?
Bring one form of photo identification which can include: driver’s license; ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the state; U.S. passport; government employee ID; firearms license; student photo ID from an accredited Mississippi university, college or community college; military ID, tribal photo ID, Mississippi Voter Identification Card, according to the secretary of state’s office.
An expired photo ID will be accepted as long as it is no more than 10 years old, has a photo of the voter and was issued by the state of Mississippi or the federal government.
If a registered voter doesn’t have one of the listed acceptable forms of photo ID, they can get a free Mississippi Voter Card can from any circuit clerk’s office in the state. Applications can be submitted in person during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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This article originally appeared on Mississippi Clarion Ledger: Sheriff, constable on the ballot for Hinds County runoff election