Kemper County Officials Respond to 'Investigation'

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.


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  • by VOTER Location: DEKALB, MS on Aug 2, 2011 at 09:39 AM
    We all know the reaseon behind this so called probe....there is always something that supposedly goes wrong with the absentee voting...this is done every 4 years so that the absentee ballots will be thrown out and not counted as usual...there should not be absentee voting period. Just get rid of it.
  • by john Location: kemper ms on Aug 2, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    so what happened here
  • by Ms. Mississippi Location: DeKalb on Aug 1, 2011 at 08:44 PM
    Ok, Let's not get uptight about the election. We know what happen the last time. Let's just hope that every Kemper County vote are counted fairly and the one we choose to vote for wins. If we keep it honest we all wins. God Bless each canidate.
  • by James Location: Kemper County on Aug 1, 2011 at 07:57 PM
    I think that they shouldnt investigate it they should just move on and do the correct thing cause nothing happened.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 02:49 PM
    You know, sometimes people fill out requests for absentee ballots for other people and then try to "vote" for them that way. And some of the elderly (and other people!) don't understand that only they should mark that ballot, so somebody "helps" them. An investigation doesn't mean that people like the circuit clerk, who is an honest woman, or the election commission or the party leaders did anything wrong. Fraud can be done by an ordinary citizen or group of people.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Kemper on Aug 1, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    If this is true we all know who had a hand in it. People of Kemper County wake up you better elect who we know we can trust.
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