Democrats Miss Deadline

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

Thursday at 5 p.m. was the deadline imposed by the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office for election results to be canvassed, the results declared, and the nominees to be announced. Aug. 17 is the deadline for party committees to transmit a tabulated statement of the vote cast.

Lauderdale County's numbers from the Democratic primary did not make the deadline.

That means the outcome of the District 4 supervisor's race between incumbent Joe Norwood and Gerald Hudson was still up in the air on Thursday.

The two are separated, with Norwood leading, by only 24 votes. However, affidavit ballots could possibly change that.

Democratic Party chairman, Melba Clark, said the process has certainly taken a long time.

However, she and other Democrat election officials did just start the process Thursday morning, while the Republicans began and completed their work on Wednesday.

"It's so time consuming. There is such a big job of preparing for, then counting the ballots," said Clark.

On Thursday afternoon, the Lauderdale County Courthouse lost its Internet service. Plus, the air conditioning system is also not working. It prompted officials to close the courthouse for Friday, due to 100 degree temperatures that make being inside intolerable.

However, circuit clerk Donna Jill Johnson said she expected the Internet service to be restored Thursday evening and the Democratic committee would resume validating votes.


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