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Supervisor candidate files motion to delay election certification

JACKSON — A candidate for the Hinds County Board of Supervisors has challenged the special election for District 2, alleging vote tampering.

David Archie of Jackson filed a motion Friday asking Hinds County Circuit Court to delay certifying the election results, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

Unofficial totals put him third among nine candidates in the Democratic primary. Not including absentee or affidavit ballots, he had 671 votes to 1,701 for Darrel McQuirter of Clinton and 1,055 for Willie Earl Robinson of Jackson.

His motion quoted 10 anonymous registered voters as alleging that they were told there were too few ballots for everyone, and were turned away from the polls on Sept. 24.

He also alleged that paper ballots were outdated, handled improperly, and were too complicated for voters to understand.

His motion said most voters were not sure of the date for the election, originally scheduled Nov. 5 then changed to Sept. 24; voters in the Bolton and Brownsville precincts were turned away for lack of ballots; and the right markers and pencils were not used to mark the ballots, creating problems when they were scanned.

The number of ballots also differs from the voter count or the number of signatures, he alleged.

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