Houston Concedes Race, Thanks Supporters

A former legislative candidate conceded defeat Thursday, while complaining about the shortage of voting machines in many precincts.

District 83 candidate, Gary Houston, a Democrat, thanked his supporters during a news conference, two days after his loss to incumbent Republican Greg Snowden.

But Houston says he is concerned about the fact that several precincts had long lines because of huge turnout and a shortage of electronic voting machines.

"We know the federal government has provided millions of dollars to make sure we have enough voting machines at all our precincts," said Houston. "And we want to work with local and state officials to ensure in the future that there's enough voting machines so that the citizens can exercise their right to vote."

Houston also says he'd like to see Mississippi have some kind of early voting system, like many other states now allow.


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  • by lcrez Location: lc on Nov 11, 2011 at 06:28 PM
    Houston made a strong showing in this race. Congrats to Greg Snowden who has represented us well in Jackson. I do think that early voting could help with the long lines. We could also encourage those who are not restricted when they can vote to vote during "working hours". Many employers allow their employees to vote during working hours.
  • by Larry Location: Meridian on Nov 11, 2011 at 07:37 AM
    As I stood in line after work I noticed some people that I knew. People that I knew does not work and had all day to vote but waited till 5 to come vote. But still it made me wonder why there was a limited number of machines to use. If they are calculating how many is needed they need to add to that amount or find another way to calculate.
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