Officials Report Some Confusion in Mississippi Primaries

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Missing names on ballots, voter confusion and machine malfunctions were among the problems reported in Tuesday Mississippi primaries.

Bob Boyd is Washington county's Democratic Party elections coordinator.

He says the offices and names of candidates in three contested supervisor races were left off the county's ballot, but that the problem was fixed in all the precincts by 2 p.m.

The redrawing of Mississippi's legislative districts caused mix-ups as some voters weren't aware they were voting in different races than they had previously.

Mississippi has 2,179 precincts.

Rickey Cole, chairman of the state Democratic Party, said he had heard about "a few snafus here and there.''

He said the polls opened late in Yazoo County because of malfunctioning lever machines.

Lee County circuit clerk Joyce Loftin said "one or two ballots got stuck'' in machines early today, but that all in all, everything was going well.


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