Officials with the Mississippi Attorney General's Office confirmed they are 'looking into' alleged irregularities involving absentee ballots in Kemper County, but could not comment further. However, election officials there say they were not aware of the probe.
"I have had no notification. No contact with the attorney general's office. This office is an open book. Anybody can come in here at any time," said Circuit Clerk Roma Allen. "We have nothing that they cannot look at and I am positive that nothing has been done that should not have been done."
"We have no knowledge of any investigation, but they're welcome to investigate," said Joel Love, Democratic Executive Committee chairman.
Meanwhile, with only hours left until polls open, two candidates for possibly the most highly watched local race say they have nothing to do with the investigation.
"I'm not involved in it, in anything like foul play," said Democratic candidate for sheriff, Sam Tisdale. "I'm just trying to win the election."
Incumbent Democrat, Sheriff James Moore, he says he's just staying focused on election day.
"I think we have done the county a good job and now it's up to the citizens tomorrow," Moore said.
Moore defeated Tisdale in the 2007 race for sheriff.
Expecting a record turnout, Kemper County officials have been feverishly working to take all steps necessary to help things go as smoothly as possible at the polls.
There are no Republican candidates seeking local offices in Kemper County. Election officials say they are expecting a record turnout at the polls Tuesday.
Posted: 08/20/2013 - Gov. Phil Bryant has set the date for a new mayoral election in Hattiesburg.
Posted: 08/11/2013 - Ware asks judge to make him Hattiesburg mayor.