Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SOS says unusually high absentee rates in some areas

Secretary of State Eggbert Hosemann issued the following press release:

Unusually High Absentee Voting Activity Reported

Jackson—A statewide comparison of absentee ballots cast thus far in the Primary Election shows several counties have a high number of absentee ballots requested. 

“High absentee ballots are always cause for concern with our Agency,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “Now that Mississippi has passed Voter ID, absentee balloting has the highest potential for fraud in our State.”

Percentages are based on the total number of eligible voters to the total number of requested absentee ballots.  On average, the percentage of absentee ballots cast in an election is 5-6%.      

Counties whose requested absentee ballots are higher than 5%:

·         Noxubee                      13.66%
·         Quitman                      10.77%
·         Claiborne                     7.73%
·         Tallahatchie                 7.20%
·         Benton                        5.8%

Washington County (0.20%) and Jackson County (0.22%) have the lowest percentage of absentee ballots requested.

“More and more people are stating they will be ‘out of the county’ on Election Day to cast an absentee ballot,” adds Secretary Hosemann.  “Absentee balloting has become early voting in Mississippi.  As we have on prior occasions, we have requested some Circuit Clerks provide copies of all absentee ballots following the Primary Election.”

In-person absentee balloting at the Circuit Clerk’s Office ends this Saturday (August 1, 2015) at 12:00 pm.  Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the Circuit Clerk’s Office no later than 5:00 pm, Monday, August 3, 2015.
For a complete list of who is eligible to cast an absentee ballot on Election Day, please review our County Election Handbook available at www.sos.ms.gov.


Anonymous said...

Yeah, ole Eggbert is really concerned, as he travels around campaigning on state time. How come no press releases on getting rid of crooked securities reps? Oh yeah, he has only one knowledgeable person in the whole department. I called up there and talked to three females who were clueless.

Anonymous said...

Is anyone surprised by any of the counties on this list?

Anonymous said...

absentee ballots have been a lucrative and profitable business in Noxubee County for the last 25 years that I am aware of.

Anonymous said...

Dogbert is busy trying to be the self-proclaimed autism expert & not running the SOS's Office. Earth to Dogbert-leave autism alone. The People elected you to be SOS. If you no longer want that job, don't run & find a job being an autism advocate.

Anonymous said...

Would be interesting to know the % in Clarke County. In this election and historically.

The American Civil Rights Union has filed a federal lawsuit claiming Clarke County claiming the county has more voters on its rolls than living citizens.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Mississippi against the Clarke County Election Commission.

The lawsuit says: “Voter rolls maintained by the Defendant for Clarke County contain more voters registered to vote than citizens eligible to vote. In March 2015 . . . Clarke County, Mississippi had 12,646 registered voters, despite having a voting age population of only 12,549 according to the United States Census. More than 100 percent of living citizens old enough to vote were registered to vote in Clarke County in 2015.”

Anonymous said...

@10:12 AM is there anyone with a lick of editing sense left at the C-L? Not believing that first sentence came over accurately I hit the link and, sure as heck, it is that atrocious.

Anonymous said...

When Canton increased taxes to pay for a school bond, me and several of my neighbors complained to Hosemann about voter fraud occurring at the polling station in Canton, as well as absentee ballots not being handled properly at the City Hall. Hosemann did absolutely NOTHING. He had to have received at least 50 complaints of voter fraud. Yet he did NOTHING.

Anonymous said...

Pshaw, that's nothing. Jones County is expecting 6,324,965 absentee ballots this cycle. Rumor has it that 8 of the biggest trucks U-Haul rents are on standby to cart 'em all around.

When a reporter asked officials why there were more than twice as many ballots cast as there are people of any age in the entire state, spokesperson Benny Harbour (a previously-unknown figure in MS politics) said, "Well, if there was any error at all, it was a mere clerical error, but if you liberal media types are just going to fall for the gutter politics, dirty tactics and sordid allegations of that horrible woman, then screw you!"

Mr. Harbour was then asked how he knew who the votes were for. He responded, "Well, now, it's just common sense that the dead...I meant GOOD, dammit! GOOD people of Jones County would vote for the best man...PERSON, dammit! I meant PERSON!"

BarbourKlan Campaign UPDATE said...

Don't forget that there is nothing stopping you from voting in the Democratic primary on August 4th and then in the Republican runoff, if any, on August 25th.

Kingfish said...

Yup. I zapped a comment about the PSC race. Has nothing to do with Madison County. You will get your chance Friday when I have a post about the Statewide and district ballot

Anonymous said...

All of those counties listed are big black counties, except for Benton.

Anonymous said...

Just an FYI, statutorily the SOS can only provide a report to the legislature on what it observes in voting precincts (which Delbert has done more than any other SOS in recent memory). So if there are complaints of voter intimidation or voter fraud, all Delbert could do is put it in a report and send it up the chain. If you want to hold a person accountable for not prosecuting this voter fraud, look at the AG. Im pretty sure he gets a copy of the reports the SOS office produces.

Anonymous said...

Well it's well past time for either the SOS or the AG to respond to the voter fraud inquiries in Canton. Mississippi is so corrupt it's just disheartening.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous BarbourKlan Campaign UPDATE wrote:

"Don't forget that there is nothing stopping you from voting in the Democratic primary on August 4th and then in the Republican runoff, if any, on August 25th."

Shoot, boy, ain't you been followin' along? There ain't even nothing stopping dead folks from voting, even 6 or 8 times. And those are just the dead folks from Alabama. Our own dead folks have been known to vote dozens of times...in every county. I have to say, I'm beginning to suspect that you really aren't connected to the BarbourKlan or you'd have known all about it.

Over Here said...

1:16; What is a 'Big Black County'? Those abutting the River? Newsflash: This thread is about Madison County races. Try to keep up.

Anonymous said...

As far as Jackson County, the numbers for this year will almost certainly reflect a change to this early report. The whole SRHS fiasco has spawned a pretty serious "fire 'em all!" movement against all 5 county supervisors and for reasons not yet known, there is an unusual amount of absentee voting taking place, so much so that the clerk's office is keeping extended hours and opening on Saturday, with the clerk's office asking those who can to vote prior to Saturday.

Anonymous said...

The CL and the SOS should not imply illegality without some kind of investigation. Small rural counties can produce funky statistics because young people leave so the populations are older and poorer than the state average. There is always variability for different types of counties. All it would take would be a couple of hotly contested primary races that pit the local factions against each other and they would make sure that all the old folks voted absentee.

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