Required funding of Hinds County elections remains unresolved

Despite an Attorney General’s opinion that makes it clear counties must fund special elections despite their ability to pay for it, three Hinds County supervisors haven’t voted to do that for Sept. 24 primaries, furthering a three-day impasse and inviting legal action from political parties.

But those opposing the payment likely will reach a “compromise” and approve at some point paying about $67,000 in primary election expenses not from the county’s general fund or budget surplus, but from money in the Hinds County Election Commission’s budget, Board of Supervisors President Robert Graham said Wednesday.

Graham, District 5 Supervisor Kenneth Stokes and interim District 2 Supervisor Al Hunter on Wednesday morning didn’t ask board attorney Tony Gaylor to read the legal opinion delivered by fax an hour earlier. Instead, they voted to adjourn their board meeting and abruptly walked out after Election Commission chair Connie Cochran told them there are plenty of public funds in the commission’s budget to cover the costs.

Clarion Ledger
8/7/13