Court needs to move quickly, call new vote for Hattiesburg mayor

But after listening to a week’s worth of testimony — from both sides, too many questions remain about too many things.

Why were so many of the absentee ballots not up to legal muster? Was a jail inmate really told he would be released if he cast his vote for DuPree?

And what about the jury’s original 9-3 verdict in Ware’s favor — written on a piece of paper and given to the judge? How did we go so quickly from that to an 8-4 split that left Ware v. DuPree declared a mistrial?

For the past week, we’ve been shaking our heads as more and more issues about the June 4 election have been revealed. A trial that was supposed to give us a sense of closure and trust in the results actually only made us ask more questions.

We hope Judge Coleman will seriously consider the request for a special election. Sure, we know that would cost the city money. But a lot of talk during the trial was about the will of the voters; let them have a chance to show their will again at the polls.

Hattiesburg American Editorial