A Look at Mississippi's Election Day

By: Jon Kalahar Email
By: Jon Kalahar Email

Depending on which group you ask, the problems on Election Day 2008 have ranged from minor to unbelievable.

A "Protect the Vote '08" call center was organized to record problems voters were having casting their vote at the polls.

Complaints range from poll workers asking for photo ID to names not appearing on voter rolls. That's what Jackson resident Georgia Anderson says happened to her.

"I went up this morning to vote and my name wasn't on the book, but they let me vote through an affidavit ballot," said Anderson.

Problems like Anderson's have been minor, but in some cases unbelievable.

"Widespread reports in six or seven counties of machines that actually change the vote," said Yumeka Rushing of "Protect the Vote '08".

At the secretary of state's office, Delbert Hosemann said his staff stayed on top of all problems reported to his office.

"Right now, we've had no issue at all about people not being able to vote and people should come vote," said Hosemann.

The "Protect the Vote" group has sent several lawyers out to the polls to help resolve certain problems, but Hosemann says he has 125 technicians to help with any voting machine problems, and members of his staff and the Attorney General's staff out across the state to take care of any issues that should arise.

"I rely more on what they're telling you than what somebody else is telling you," said Hosemann. "We sent ten lawyers out here to help one person. That may be true, but I think quite frankly, we can handle it quicker than they can."

The "Protect the Vote" initiative is expected to compile a report of the voting problems and release it next month.

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