The City of Diamondhead has rescheduled their special election to Tuesday, October 20th. The original special election was set for September 15th, but that plan was changed due to threats from Hurricane Sally.
Two candidates have qualified to replace the city’s former mayor, Tommy Schafer, who passed away a few months ago.
There was much uncertainty last week about the new election date since there are no real laws or precedents for rescheduling an election on such short notice.
However, after an emergency meeting last Friday, the new date was decided and the absentee ballots will still be counted despite being dated for the September 15th election. Diamondhead City Manager Michael Reso said, “This past week has been trying to say the least. While we are watching our friends to the west recover in Lake Charles all of the sudden we had another storm head our way looking like it was about to come up to Bay St. Louis. Thankfully it didn’t. We pray for our friends in the east. For the city clerk, city attorney it has definitely been a challenging week. They reached out and got guidance from the Secretary of State, State Attorney General’s Office, and we also brought it to Malcolm Jones, a local attorney who is basically a resident expert to give us guidance, to help draft the resolution to our council.”
You should be able to vote at your regular assigned polling location.