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SoS to watch absentee ballots after complaints

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Secretary of State’s Office will conduct a thorough review of absentee ballots cast in some cities in the upcoming municipal primary election.

This review comes on the heels of several complaints from municipal clerks, elected officials and citizens regarding a high number of absentee ballots cast thus far in the primary.

The Secretary of State’s Office has also received complaints from some municipal clerks stating some individuals have allegedly been solicited to cast an absentee ballot.

“Where we suspect there is a possibility for voter fraud, we will be watching,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

Absentee ballots are generally cast by voters who are disabled, age 65 or older, or absent from the city on Election Day.

Penalties for violating the absentee voter laws are fines up to $5,000 and five years in the state penitentiary.

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