Justices Hear Arguments in Ballot Case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Supreme Court has heard arguments about where a special election for Trent Lott's old U.S. Senate seat should appear on the ballot this fall.
Justices gave no indication when they might rule.

Attorneys for Gov. Haley Barbour, a Republican, argued Wednesday that Barbour followed state law in putting the special election near the bottom of the Nov. 4 ballot.

An attorney for Democratic election commissioner, Trudy Berger of Pike County, contended that Barbour ignored a 2000 law that specifies that federal races should be at the top of the ballot.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Wednesday he has followed the law in proposing the placement of the special election on the ballot, as did former Democratic secretary of state, Eric Clark, and others before him.

"This is a blatant political attack on Mississippi voters, claiming they are incompetent to complete a ballot on computerized voting machines," said Hosemann. "It insinuates that even when alerted three times, a Mississippi voter would skip over a race on the ballot, when in the last gubernatorial election, about 99% of voters cast a ballot in the entire slate of Statewide candidates."

Republican Roger Wicker and Democrat Ronnie Musgrove are running in the special election.


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