In hearings over two disputed Mississippi legislative races, testimony showed the imperfections of elections.
Choosing government officials is a human endeavor, so stumbles are inevitable. The question is: How many stumbles are acceptable before an election should be overturned?
Testimony showed that sometimes a clerk’s signature doesn’t cross the sealed flap of an envelope holding an absentee ballot, as required.
Sometimes, people move and don’t update their address on election records within 30 days. They vote by affidavit but there are disputes about whether their vote should count, even if they live in the same legislative district.