By Austin Bishop

Kemper County Messenger

Kemper County voters wishing to cast their absentee ballot for the June 5 congressional and senate primaries can do so beginning Monday at the Kemper County Circuit Clerk's office.

Local residents can vote absentee in the circuit clerk's office until noon on Saturday, June 2. The office will also begin accepting requests to have ballots maimed on Monday. They must be in the office by Monday, June 4.

For those who are not already registered to vote in Kemper County can do see between now and Saturday, May 5 at noon.

The United States Senate seat features two Republican and six Democratic candidates. Incumbent Roger Wicker is being challenged by Richard Warren Boyanton  in the Republican primary, while David Baria, Jensen Bohren, Jerone Garland, Victor G. Maurice Jr., Omeria Scott, and Howard Sherman are vying for the Democratic primary.

There are also eight candidates to fill the seat for the 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives being vacated by the retiring Gregg Harper.

Six Republicans — Sally Doty, Morgan Dunn, Michael Guest, Whit Hughes, Perry Parker, and Katherine 'Bitzi' Tate — and two Democrats — Michael Aycox and Michael Ted Evans of Preston will be on the June 5 ballot.

If a run-off is needed in any of the races it will be held on June 14.