Judge halts printing of Jackson absentee ballots

A circuit court judge ordered today that no absentee ballots should be printed until a ruling is made about whether Mayor Frank Melton can seek re-election.

The decision by Judge Billy Joe Landrum of Jones County settles a dispute between the Hinds County Election Commission and the Jackson Democratic Municipal Executive Committee.

The election commission ordered 2,500 absentee ballots this week for Jackson’s mayoral election with Melton’s name. The commission changed the order today and removed the mayor’s name after being challenged by the Democratic Executive Committee.

The committee unanimously agreed Tuesday to strike Melton from the May 5 Democratic primary ballot, saying he did not meet the city’s residency requirements.

Copy of the order.

Clarion Ledger