Poll Worker Errors Delay Hattiesburg Vote – More Absentee Ballot Problem

Wednesday started with the promise of declaring a winner in Hattiesburg’s special mayoral election.

It soon turned into a comedy of errors, however, as the election commission ran into roadblock after roadblock in its attempt to count more than 1,000 absentee ballots.

“The nightmare continues,” said a beleaguered commission chairman Joe Kinnan at one point, after three consecutive precinct boxes had to be immediately resealed because of election day failures to follow absentee ballot procedures.

The pervasive problem prevented the commission from coming to an absentee ballot count that would have proved key in deciding the tight mayoral race.

Hattiesburg American