Candidate Removed from Lauderdale County Ballot

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Lauderdale County's elections, still weeks away, are not without controversy. A judge removed a local man from the 2011 ballot in the District 2 justice court judge's race.

There were two issues for the court to decide involving candidate Eddie Gray Holt, his criminal record and residency.

"All saints have a past and every sinner has a future," said Holt.

Holt said in 2003 he was convicted of conspiracy to uttering forgery, which is a felony. But it turns out it's not one of the felony convictions that would prevent a Mississippian from running for justice court judge or from voting.

The judge ruled that Holt couldn't run because he hadn't met the residency requirement of living in Lauderdale County for two years prior to the election. He cited the fact that Holt was also registered to vote in Alabama and he had filed a lawsuit as a resident of Alabama. Holt says he can't argue with those facts, but does want other convicted felons to know that, depending on their conviction, they may be considered a qualified elector.

"I will not be appealing the judge's decision, I think it was fair," said Holt.
"It shows how one man can make a difference," he said. "But what I was doing based on my own research was running for a position. And I think if people want to choose me, and knowing about me, because we have judges now across the state that have been convicted of a felony."

"He found that conviction would not disqualify him for running for the office of justice of the peace," said Bill Ready, Sr., attorney for the Lauderdale County Election Commission.

Ready also agrees that the ruling was fair and cleared up a common misconception.

"He has brought to light something which was not in the sunlight," said ready. "And I think you have to give great credit to Judge Williamson for that."


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  • by DZap Location: Meridian,Ms on Jun 27, 2011 at 06:45 AM
    I think he is itelligent, and would make a different in lauderdale county. When changes is invovle some political figures get scared. We need changes and get some of those old head out.
  • by Glennda Location: DeKalb on Jun 7, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    So how did he make it this far in his qualifying to run if he is not a resident of the state? Is he registered to vote in Lauderdale County??
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      by Ed Holt on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:48 PM in reply to Glennda
      I am a quailfied elector of Mississippi, a state that only requires you live in that state for 3o days before being eligible to vote in that state. Most public office in Mississippi only require that you be a qualified elector and I am a qualified elector.
  • by southerngentlemen Location: Meridian on Jun 3, 2011 at 06:32 PM
    Has he been picked up yet? I would assume that there is some penalty for lying/making false statements on his application for political office. He stated he lived here but it turned out he was an Alabama resident and was still voting in Alabama. Have we got to the stage where people can make a mockery of our political process by brazenly filing these false documents in an attempt to gain a political office and even when theyre caught, they have no worries of being prosecuted? What a sad day indeed.
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      by Peabody on Jun 3, 2011 at 10:54 PM in reply to southerngentlemen
      If he marked a box or answered yes to resident question and lied I agree he should see jail. Honest politictions what a novel idea. While I know there are some very few truly serve for the sole reason of helping out the people they serve.
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      by Huff on Jun 6, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to southerngentlemen
      Sounds a tad bit like a presidential candidate & elected president who wouldn't supply his official status until pressed & even those in question, hummm...politics on paper.
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      by Ed Holt on Jun 16, 2011 at 07:54 PM in reply to southerngentlemen
      No I have not been picked up because I have never voted any place other than Lauderdale County, and I have not broke the law. The Judge ruled that I was a qualified elector of Lauderdale County. If You know all the facts you could make an informed decision.
  • by Of all the gall! on Jun 3, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    ...mouth open...!
  • by How Funny Location: Meridian! on Jun 3, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    I Can think of a few more that need to be removed from it also!!
  • by Amazing Location: Meridian on Jun 3, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    Amazing, the guy wasn't even a resident of the county he wanted to run in, plus he has been voting in Alabama.
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