Women for Progress

      of Mississippi, Inc.

Member Spotlight

Vote Zakiya Summers Hinds County Election Commissioner District 3

Zakiya Summers is a journalist turned public relations officer.  Zakiya served as events & communications director for One Voice, former Internal Relations Coordinator/Public Relations Manager for the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation, the management arm for the Jackson Medical Mall Thad Cochran Center in Jackson, MS, and morning news producer for WLBT TV-3.  She earned her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


Zakiya is a proud resident of West Jackson, MS and is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Jayne Avenue Neighborhood Association, Jackson Association of Black Journalists, Women for Progress of MS, Inc., and Greater Mt. Bethel Church of Christ Holiness, USA.   Mrs. Summers served on the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee and as a board member of the Mississippi Sickle Cell Foundation.  Mrs. Summers is married with two sons.

Zakiya Summers was appointed County Commissioner for District 3 in March 2015 by Hinds County Supervisor Mrs. Peggy Calhoun.

Duties Of The Election Commission


Election Commissioners shall be charged with the duty of conducting, including all facets of associated activities associated with general and special elections for the county. Election Commissioners are responsible for keeping the poll books of the county. They also keep the registration books which contain the names of all voters in the county. They are responsible for revising them periodically and keeping them up to date.  With redistricting, Commissioners assign voters to the appropriate district and precinct and revise poll books to conform to changes in boundaries.


Election Commissioners are required by state statute to attend certification training each year, held by the Secretary of State, to be eligible to conduct elections held in the county.


Election Commissioners shall hire all poll workers for an election. They shall be responsible for training all poll workers of their specific duties to be conducted on election day.


Election Commissioners shall be among the members of a special tribunal formed to hear election challenges, the special judge is the controlling judge of both the facts of the case and the law. The Election Commissioners sit as the jury in the case and as advisors to the judge.


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