Voter Guide on way to Biloxi residents

The 2009 edition of the Voter Guide for Biloxi residents should be arriving in mailboxes throughout the city in the next couple of days, advising residents of election dates, ward lines and polling places throughout the city.

The upcoming city elections — May 5 party primary and June 2 general election — will mark the first municipal elections in Biloxi since Hurricane Katrina.

“One of the questions voters may have is where they should vote, particularly if their homes were destroyed by the storm and they have not yet rebuilt,” said Municipal Clerk Brenda Johnston.

The official word is this: If you are registered to vote but your permanent address has changed, you need to contact the Harrison County Circuit Clerk or Biloxi
Voter Registrar to update your registration.
If you have been temporarily displaced and intend to return to your home, there is no need to change your voter registration. You may vote at your normal polling

The key word, Johnston said, is “permanent.” If you have moved and have no intention of returning
to your pre-Katrina location – or if you have re-registered and voted at a new location
since the storm – you should not vote in your pre-Katrina location.

In Biloxi, only one polling place is changing. A Ward 2 polling place – the East Biloxi Community Center on Division Street – has been moved to the Carl Ohr Fire Station on Back Bay, at the corner of Elder and Parker streets. The East Biloxi Community Center was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

See the guide online now

To see the 2009 Voter Guide, which includes a map of polling places and key election dates, click here.

To see the current list of candidates for municipal offices in Biloxi — deadline to file qualifying papers is Friday at 5 p.m. — click here.

News and notes

St. Pat’s honorees: The Hibernia Marching Society on Tuesday introduced its grand marhsal and colleen to Mayor A.J. Holloway and the Biloxi City Council. To see photos of the presentation and reception, click here.

Traffic update: To see the impact of streets and drainage work on traffic in Biloxi, see the daily online Traffic Update compiled by the city’s Public Works Department. To see the report, which is also on the front page of the city web site, click here.