Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Robert Krebs ordered Jackson County Circuit Clerk Joe Martin to allow Chris McDaniel campaign supporters access to poll books from the June 3 and June 24 Republican U.S. Senate elections during an writ of mandamus emergency hearing this morning.
State Sen. Michael Watson of Pascagoula argued the case for McDaniel, one of his close friends and political allies.
McDaniel’s campaign is trying to gather information on voting “irregularities” across the state to challenge his June 24 runoff loss to Sen. Thad Cochran. Cochran finished with a 7,667-vote margin of victory, according to official results.
“Today’s ruling is a win for fair and clean elections,” Watson said.
The main issue is whether the election poll books are public record, subject to a public record request, or part of the voting record.
Krebs ordered the records be made available for 12 days, starting today.