Judicial Write-In Lawsuit before Mississippi Judge

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by four circuit clerks who want to block a write-in election this November for a judicial post in Covington, Jasper, Simpson and Smith counties.

A hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Jackson.

The plaintiffs contend a write-in election would create havoc on election night and makes no provision for determining whether the candidates, or the ultimate winner, would be qualified to be a judge.

The State Election Commission decided to have a write-in election because the only person who signed up to run in the 13th District was incumbent Judge Robert G. Evans. He died of cancer in July, after the candidates' May 7 qualifying deadline.

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