HATTIESBURG, Miss (WHLT) – Poll workers in the Pine Belt said they’ve seen a 50% increase in voters than in past years.
Workers at the Kamper Park, Train Depot, and Dixie Community Center voting precinct said over 50% of registered voters have already come out to cast a ballot; anticipating more of a turn out that in the 2012 Presidential Election.
With 1,614 Forrest County residents registered to vote at Kamper Park, workers expect around 60-70% participation.
Poll workers at the Train Depot Precinct said over 250 residents have cast a ballot. Currently residents are not experiencing long lines. However, traffic is expected to increase around 5 pm, estimating 90% of voters to cast a ballot by 7 pm.
Around 1,608 residents are registered to vote at the Dixie Community Center precinct, with 827 votes already cast.
All three polling precincts report that more residents this year have been forced to cast affidavit ballots than in years past; with the Dixie Community Center accepting 20, Train Depot,7 and Kamper Park, 18-20.