Hinds County ballot shortage: “It’s inexcusable, and it’s against the law” – Delbert Hosemann

HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) – It’s the 15th amendment to the Constitution, every citizen has the right to vote. In Hinds county, problems at the polls caused many voters to wonder if they were disenfranchised.

The problem many voters ran in to Tuesday was that there weren’t enough ballots at the polls for them to vote on. Some people waited hours just to cast a ballot. Others didn’t get to vote at all. Now state election officials say county election officials broke state law….

…State officials say there are safeguards in place to make sure they never run out of ballots, but say election commissioners didn’t follow the rules.

“It’s inexcusable, and it’s against the law,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “In 2011, we changed the statute so you have to print 75 percent in advance of the election and not at the last second and people are standing in the dark trying to go to work the next day.”

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11/5/14