Secretary of State to observe in all Precincts for Hattiesburg Special Election

All fourteen (14) precincts for the Hattiesburg Mayoral Special Election will have observers from the Secretary of State’s Office, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced today. The Agency has election staff in the Municipal Clerk’s Office between today and Election Day and will be present to observe the vote tabulation at City Hall after the polls close.

“The reports from the previous election are troubling, to say the very least,” says Secretary Hosemann. We are going to have an election conducted by the election commissioners, not a circus. While we are not the election police, we will be watching in every precinct. Any voting irregularities observed by our Staff will be immediately forwarded to the Attorney General and the local District Attorney.”

“I want to thank Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann for his attention to the issues our community is facing related to the previous mayoral election and the upcoming special election,” says Forrest County District Attorney Patricia Burchell. “The citizens of Hattiesburg deserve a fair and clean election on September 24th. Secretary of State Hosemann’s presence in Hattiesburg and the presence of his designees at our polling places next Tuesday will help assure our community that the special election will be properly conducted.”

Secretary Hosemann wants to encourage Hattiesburg residents to focus on voter turnout in the upcoming election.

“It is time for the Pinebelt to move past the negativity and focus on moving the City of Hattiesburg forward,” says Hosemann.

Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Election Day.

Please call our Election Hotline with any questions or information. The toll free number is 1-800-829-6786. This number is staffed 8:00 am to 5:00 pm every weekday and 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Election Day.

MS SOS Delbert Hosemann