Hosemann: Poll books being handled correctly

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says his office is correctly handling its part in Mississippi’s elections and he should be dismissed from a federal lawsuit filed by people seeking access to poll books from the June 24 Republican primary runoff for Senate.

Thirteen Mississippi residents and a Texas group, True the Vote, filed suit Tuesday over access to poll books from the Republican primary runoff between Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel. Cochran received about 6,800 more votes than McDaniel, but McDaniel said Thursday that he intends to challenge the loss.

Plaintiffs say they want to look for people marked as voting in the June 3 Democratic primary and the June 24 Republican runoff. State law prohibits such crossover voting, and McDaniel’s campaign said a challenge would be based on allegations that such voting occurred.

“In the event the secretary of state’s office is made aware of any person voting in both a Democratic primary and a Republican primary, those individuals’ names will be forwarded to the district attorney and attorney general for whatever prosecutorial action they deem appropriate,” Hosemann said in a news release Thursday.

MBJ
7/6/14