Mississippi Secretary of State Releases Info Regarding Issues in Primary Runoff
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JACKSON, Miss. - The Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's office released information regarding some of the problems reported in the June 24, 2014 primary runoff election.They said a total of 654 calls came in regarding these issues:
Polling location/precinct look-up
Complaints regarding a voter being led to vote for one Party
Reports of voting twice on the same day
Officials with Hosemann's office said they cannot quantify the number of crossover voting issues for the Primary Runoff election. They said any information regarding crossover voting would need to be ascertained by individual County Election officials.
Officials say about 250 affidavit ballots were cast in the runoff by voters who did not present an ID at the polls. These voters have until Tuesday, July 1, to present acceptable photo ID to the Circuit Clerk's Office for their vote to be included.
Certification of a Party Primary Runoff Election:
Party Primary elections are run by the respective parties, not the Secretary of State. The Mississippi Democratic Party and the Mississippi Republican Party have ten days (excluding holidays) from the date of the election to submit certified results and a list of party candidate nominees to the Secretary of State’s Office.
Examination of Poll books:
Campaign representatives from both candidates in the Republican Senate Primary Election requested information regarding the examination ofpoll booksks. Both campaigns were provided exactly the same response and reference to State law. State law requirepoll booksoks be made available for public inspection. State law also requires, social security numbers, telephone numbers, and the date of birth and age information in statewide, district, county and municipal voter registration files shall be exempt from and shall not be subject to inspection. The examination poll booksoks and any requests to examipoll booksoks must be made on the county level to the local Circuit Clerk. Response by the Circuit Clerks, including the time of response, is made in accordance with the Mississippi Public Records Act.