Special election set for Feb. 27 to fill Ward 7 seat

The Biloxi City Council has scheduled a special election for Tuesday, Feb. 27 for Ward 7 residents. The special election is for residents of that ward to elect a new city council member to fill the unexpired term of Ward 7 Councilmember Nathan Barret, who resigned after being elected as the Harrison County Supervisor for District Five.

Here is the list of important dates for candidates and Ward 7 residents.

-Feb. 7, 2024 — Last day for candidates to qualify for Special Election

-Feb. 17, 2024 – City Clerk’s Office opens from 8 a.m. to noon for Absentee Voting, Biloxi City Hall, 140 Lameuse St.

-Feb. 24, 2024 —  City Clerk’s Office opens from 8 a.m. to noon for in-person Absentee Voting deadline, Biloxi City Hall, 140 Lameuse St.

-Feb. 27, 2024 — SPECIAL ELECTION DAY, polls open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Woolmarket City Center, 13034 Kayleigh Cove

-March 5, 2024 — Absentee Ballots returned by mail receipt deadline, 5 p.m. Absentee Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day 

-March 19, 2024 — SPECIAL ELECTION RUN OFF (If necessary)

Those interested in qualifying as candidates for Ward 7 must be a registered elector of Ward 7, file a Qualifying Statement of Intent, and secure a petition of the signatures and names of at least 50 registered electors in Ward 7. Petitions are available on the Secretary of State’s website, sos.ms.gov; Municipal Clerk’s office, 140 Lameuse St, 2nd Floor; or by email request at sthacker@biloxi.ms.us. The deadline to submit a petition to qualify for the special election is 5 p.m. on Feb.7.

To vote in Ward 7 Special Election, you must be a registered voter. Some registered voters may have received a new voter registration card in the mail recently. If so, it was because of the federally mandated redistricting that caused some of the ward lines to change. That also means that you may have a different polling place. You should have also received a letter explaining the reason for the change and the new voter registration card.

Those registered to vote in Ward 7 will vote at the Woolmarket City Center, 13034 Kayleigh Cove.

If anyone has any questions, contact Stacy Thacker, Biloxi municipal clerk, at 228-435-6254 or sthacker@biloxi.ms.us.
See more about the Ward 7 Special Election
See the Ward 7 map
See more about voter registration

News & notes: Weekly Report, Second Liners, B-Alert

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Second Liners Parade: The Second Liners Parade has grown in popularity in recent years with a great community turnout. This year they have a new parade route so watch for road closures along and near the parade route. The Second Liners Parade rolls through downtown Biloxi on Saturday at 1 p.m. To see a map of the parade route, click here.

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