All fourteen (14) precincts for the Hattiesburg Mayoral Special Election will have observers from the Secretary of State’s Office, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced today. The Agency has election staff in the Municipal Clerk’s Office between today and Election Day and will be present to observe the vote tabulation at City Hall after the polls close.
“The reports from the previous election are troubling, to say the very least,” says Secretary Hosemann. We are going to have an election conducted by the election commissioners, not a circus. While we are not the election police, we will be watching in every precinct. Any voting irregularities observed by our Staff will be immediately forwarded to the Attorney General and the local District Attorney.”
“I want to thank Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann for his attention to the issues our community is facing related to the previous mayoral election and the upcoming special election,” says Forrest County District Attorney Patricia Burchell. “The citizens of Hattiesburg deserve a fair and clean election on September 24th. Secretary of State Hosemann’s presence in Hattiesburg and the presence of his designees at our polling places next Tuesday will help assure our community that the special election will be properly conducted.”
“It is time for the Pine Belt to move past the negativity and focus on moving the City of Hattiesburg forward,” says Hosemann.
It is worth noting that Hosemann’s former chief of staff, Cory Wilson as well as GOP electioneer Pete Perry are part of Dave Ware’s team. With this latest development, the full weight of the Mississippi Republican Party machine will be in force across the Hub City on Sept. 24. State Democrats requested that the Justice Department provide monitors and according to Chairman Rickey Cole, there will be representatives in Hattiesburg on election day.