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WASHINGTON — While most states mailed out their ballots for overseas voters weeks ago, the last of Mississippi’s ballots were put in the mail just last Friday.

But state officials believe troops in foreign countries will still have plenty of time to cast their votes.

David Blount, spokesman for the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, said the delay in mailing the ballots came after the filing deadline for several state legislature seats was extended.

While that gave potential candidates more time to get their paperwork in order, it also delayed the completion of the state ballots. Blount said some of the ballots mailed out last week still don’t have the complete list of local candidates, but do have all of the details of federal elections.

Under Mississippi law overseas voters must return their ballots by election day, Nov. 7, to have their tally counted.

But Blount noted that state law also allows voters to submit their ballot by fax or e-mail, so even if their ballot doesn’t arrive for a few more weeks they’ll still have opportunities to cast their vote.

Voters worried about the late ballots can also fill out a federal write-in absentee ballot themselves and send it in. The Federal Voting Assistance Program recommends all voters who haven’t received a ballot by the end of this week turn in one of those write-in ballots, to ensure their votes are recorded.

For more information on the Mississippi election, visit www.sos.state.ms.us.

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