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Court appoints judge to hear election contest in Hub City

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed William F. Coleman as special judge in Forrest County Circuit Court to hear the election contest filed by Hattiesburg mayoral candidate Dave Ware. Coleman, a former Hinds County circuit judge, takes over for Forrest County Circuit Judge Robert Helfrich, who recused himself because of his close proximity to the election. The Hattiesburg ...

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With ruling, Hosemann says voter ID could start in 2014

JACKSON — Mississippi voters could have to start showing photo identification at the polls by mid-2014. That’s according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. He spoke today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain state and local governments no longer need federal approval to change election laws. Preclearance was required by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, in areas with ...

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Mayoral candidate challenges election; alleges voter fraud

GREENWOOD — Sheriel Perkins is challenging the results of the June 4 Greenwood mayoral election. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Perkins is asking a Leflore County judge to declare her the winner of the election based on alleged voter fraud. Failing that, she wants a new election ordered. Perkins, a Democrat, lost to incumbent Carolyn McAdams by 206 votes in official ...

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Losing mayoral candidate challenges DuPree's victory in Hub City

HATTIESBURG — Mayoral candidate Dave Ware has filed a petition of contest, challenging Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s victory in the June 4 mayoral election. Ware lost by 37 votes, according to the certified election results. The Hattiesburg American reports the petition alleges voting irregularities that include instances of disenfranchised felons voting in the election. On the last day that he ...

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Campaign workers continue to sift through ballots in Hub City

HATTIESBURG — Campaign workers for Dave Ware who came out 37 votes short of being elected mayor of Hattiesburg have wrapped up their inspection of the ballots. Mayor Johnny DuPree’s campaign workers are doing the same thing today. The Hattiesburg American reports Dupree must be finished by midnight today because state law allows a 12-day window for candidate ballot inspections ...

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Losing mayoral candidate still looking at ballots; DuPree to follow

HATTIESBURG — Campaign workers for the candidate who came out 37 votes short of being elected mayor of Hattiesburg are going into their second week of inspecting ballots. Once Dave Ware’s campaign is done, it will be time for Mayor Johnny DuPree’s campaign workers to do the same thing. Some allegations of impropriety have come up, The Hattiesburg American reported. Some ...

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Man resigns from job, takes pay cut to be alderman

BROOKHAVEN — Brookhaven alderman-elect Randy Belcher has decided to resign as a deputy sheriff and stay with his elected position. Belcher was elected alderman in May. He is to take office July 1. According to state law, Belcher could not simultaneously serve in two branches of government. The alderman’s post is considered legislative and the deputy’s executive. Belcher tells the ...

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Delta mayor sets new record with 10th term in office

ANGUILLA — When Anguilla Mayor Merlin Richardson takes his oath of office July 1, it will be the 10th time and he will be expanding a record no other mayor in Mississippi can touch. Richardson, 81, is the longest continuously serving mayor in the state with 36 years in office, according to the Mississippi Municipal League. His win June 4 ...

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Commissioners toss coin to decide alderman election

RIENZI — Harold W. Palmer has won a coin toss and the election to an alderman’s post in Rienzi. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports town officials learned this past week from the Secretary of State’s Office that the tie vote between Palmer, with 45 votes, and Melissa Bearden Morgan, 45 votes, had to be decided by a coin toss ...

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New politician wins office after clerk pulls slip from hat

WALLS — A political newcomer has won an election drawing for alderman in Walls, DeSoto County’s smallest municipality. The Commercial Appeal reports that Tammy Patrick and incumbent Jimmy Doyle each got 18 votes in a six-person race for five seats on the Board of Aldermen. Town clerk Amie Carr pulled a slip of paper out of a basket to decide the ...

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