Absentee Ballot Fraud Concerns

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

With runoff elections set for Tuesday, the deadline to vote absentee hits Saturday.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has expressed some concern over the percentage of absentee votes in some counties during the August 2nd primary.

In Mississippi, you have to have a legal reason to vote prior to election day, and when you come into your circuit clerk's office, you have to sign on the dotted line, legally confirming that you have a legitimate reason to vote early.

"You're swearing on this affidavit that you are telling the truth," says Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson, "and if you're not, it states that this is under penalty [of law]."

Absentee turnout was actually below average in Lauderdale County for the August 2nd primary. Johnson says there are rules in place to try and deter absentee fraud.

"[Voters mailing in ballots] have to make a written request to us," said Johnson. "We don't accept call ins. There has to be a paper trail."

Circuit clerk's offices will be open until noon Saturday for absentee voting.

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  • by C. Location: Meridian on Aug 21, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    Soon we'll have voting set up where anybody not wearing a tri-corner hat and a 'don't tread on me' t-shirt is turned away and not allowed to vote, just like the Founders intended! Real Americans(tm) only! Am I right, guys?
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      by Voter ID, YES! on Aug 23, 2011 at 05:49 PM in reply to C.
      Well, we had to encounter yellow sweat shirts labeled NAACP "INSIDE" the polling area & this is just not right. They should not have been inside with their antagonistic, segregationist, intimidation horse=hockey. They were in-your-face with their hate speech inside the polling places. And the "assistance" was with every single voter whether they needed it or not. Maybe that's why the FBI was in some polling places this year, just maybe. Yeah, real Americans... legal, registered ones that is (& not the same bodies over & over again with multiple IDs, fake names & addresses).
  • by Anonymous on Aug 20, 2011 at 06:59 PM
    I just hope they try hard to stop all this dead man walking... ummm, I mean voting. Voter ID is a MUST. We need more control than just a "say so" on absentee voting.
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      by Peabody on Aug 21, 2011 at 12:28 AM in reply to
      Agreed. Some say people are scared the law will be there checking against open warrents. Some want to be silly and say it scares blacks away because of the 60's. If you have to have an ID to cash a check then you need one to vote.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 19, 2011 at 04:22 PM
  • by Teacher Location: Meridian on Aug 19, 2011 at 03:32 PM
    The correct wording would be we don't ACCEPT call ins, not EXCEPT call ins.
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