Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mess in Madison?

Secretary of State Hibbit Hosemann issued the following election day update:

Mississippi Party Primary Election Day Update

            It appears statewide voting is running smoothly with a lighter turnout. 

            There have been several issues reported by voters in Hinds County including four (4) precincts were reported not available to cast a ballot by 7:00 a.m.  There were electronic poll book issues as well.  We have also received reports in Hinds County of voters having to vote by affidavit ballot because poll workers could not locate the voter in the electronic poll books.  Hinds County Republican and Democratic Executive Committees are primarily responsible for conducting this election in Hinds County. 

            In Madison County, five (5) precincts have been reported as affected by an erroneous database. Voters in the Highland Colony precinct, Ridgeland Recreation Center precinct, China Grove precinct, Gluckstadt at St. Joe Catholic Church precinct, and Ridgeland 1st Methodist Church precinct are being provided ballots for the special Senate District 25 election and not all voters in those precincts are eligible to vote in Senate District 25.

·   Highland Colony Precinct:  1990 voters in Senate District 25; 1863 voters in Senate District 26
·   Ridgeland Recreation Center Precinct:  3061 voters in Senate District 25; 2445 voters in Senate District 26
·   China Grove Precinct:  2432 voters in Senate District 25; 10 voters in Senate District 26
·   Gluckstadt at St. Joe Catholic Church Precinct:  2272 voters in Senate District 25; 1779 voters in Senate District 22
·   Ridgeland 1st Methodist Church Precinct: 1337 voters in Senate District 25; 873 voters in Senate District 26.


              We have received several questions as to why there are Republican candidates who have suspended their campaigns still on the ballot.  Presidential candidates were determined on December 15, 2015, as nationally recognized candidates with additions made by January 19, 2016.  Therefore, all Republican candidates were included even though they have suspended their campaigns.  Political parties could add to the ballot but not eliminate those candidates. 


Anonymous said...

Madison County should have voted for Pantin. Wray is incompetent.

Pete Perry said...

SOS report of four precincts in Hinds County appears to be in error as relates to the Republican primary. The office has been notified of the error, but evidently continues to report it. The Republican voting in Precinct 51 and the Cynthia precinct did not open on time; the pollworkers failed to show up and replacements were sent. The Cynthia precinct was open within an hour and the Blackburn School was open and available by 9. Any other precincts that did not open on time were, despite the report to my office - not Republican precincts as was alleged to be the case when the Secretary's office contacted me.

There were numerous problems with the electronic poll books, but they were all resolved in the normal course of business. The maintenance and programming of the electronic poll books as with all the other equipment is the responsibility of the county, not of the parties. But - this should not be a 'blame game' - the new equipment did have some problems (not unusual for what is still relatively new technology) but those problems did not keep any voter from being able to properly cast their ballot.

Anonymous said...

I voted in Madison about 9:00 at the old Pentecostal church and there were many more poll workers than voters.

Anonymous said...

"We have also received reports in Hinds County of voters having to vote by affidavit ballot because poll workers could not locate the voter in the electronic poll books. Hinds County Republican and Democratic Executive Committees are primarily responsible for conducting this election in Hinds County."

Surely the SoS knows that the county is responsible for the poll books. The parties use them during a primary, but only the county election commission can add or remove names from them.

Anonymous said...

St. Joe Gluckstadt voter here.

I was wondering how they would differentiate between voters on the west side of I-55 (district 25) and east side (22) when handing out the voter machine cards.

Guess this answers my question. They can't.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure Wray will put her twelve decades of experience to use and have this straightened out in a jiffy.

Anonymous said...

Are the primaries in Madison County run by the Circuit Clerk or the County Party Executive Committees?

Anonymous said...

Highland Colony workers should have asked "What Senate district are you in?" or "in what neighborhood do you live?". That would have eliminated a lot of the confusion created by sending people to one line and then another. Some of us KNOW which Senate district we're in, and we certainly know in what subdivision we live! Then they could have said, "You need a paper ballot; go to that line," or "You vote on the machine, go to that line."

Anonymous said...

Is a Wray-Recall possible? A week after she was crowned her husband was arrested for assaulting her. She can't handle the simplest of routine county obligations. Those who put this pea-brain in office are hiding in the bushes now.

Anonymous said...

Well that explains my dilemma. I vote at ridge land rec and was only asked for my address. I was then given a paper ballot and senate wasn't even listed. I thought maybe I was wrong so completed as is and turned in. I was not asked for ID, no one marked me off in a book and Noone even asked me to sign. I did insist on signing the book but thought maybe I was mistaken on the senate vote and actually wasn't supposed to vote. Ian's when I have man my paper ballot he just put it in the table. No security or anything. pure chaos. Whoever loses senate needs a recount.

Anonymous said...

I voted at the Ridgeland Community Center at the Reservior. They may call it the Recreation Center, but it reminded me of being in the 6th grade voting in a lunchroom. They yelled at you when you walked up and asked what street you lived on.
Then you had to tell them and everyone else. I was told I lived on the wrong side of the magic line and that I could not vote in the Senate race, although I did vote in the last one. Why did both candidates ( Billingsly and Walter Michell) send me many, many pieces of mail, send people last Saturday knocking on doors, and make numerous phone calls to my house if I was not in the district?

I was then pointed to the lady in the corner who handed me a paper ballot to vote on. There was one poll worker on each side of me, two feet from where I had to write on my ballot, and people behind me. You had to bend over and write on the table between them. What happened to privacy? I handed my paper ballot to one lady, and she turned it over and put it somewhere under the table. Who comes up with these things? Whoever in Madison County set this up needs to be on the clean up committee next time. Too much money, time and & effort is spent on these elections and they should not be run this manner.

Anonymous said...

Another Gluckstadt St Joe voter here. We are in Senate district 25. The senate race was on my ballot this morning on the computer voting machine. However, my wife voted tonight, could not be found on the voter roll, then was given a paper ballot which the poll worker crossed out the box for the senate vote. No doubt she's registered to vote properly because we voted together there the last primary and general elections.

Anonymous said...

It sounds as though you voted in the Democratic Primary, not the Republican.

Lead Free said...

Sounds like all you Madison folk should move to Jackson. No problems here

Anonymous said...

@7:38. No. It was republican. All republican for president and then the U.S. House. It was clearly a republican ballot

Anonymous said...

The Senate race in Madison county was screwed up by Anita Wray and the election commissioners.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking about holding my nose and voting for Cruz just as a prayer someone could be Trump, but I came to my senses after seeing Feel's endorsement.

Anonymous said...

I was told that the republican poll workers at Madison first Baptist saw the Democrats having Democrat voters sign the petition for Tammy Hawkins Phillips to be on the ballot for election commissioner. That the voters voted on the machine and then came back to the table and sign the petition.

Anonymous said...

I voted in clinton @ the ymca, IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN SMOOTHER, Workers (though on the Senior Side) did a great job & seemed to appreciate my voting (Rep primary) Thank You, ( Elec poll system worked Great, they took my Driver lic & swipped it in a few seconds I was sign - ing in and voting, got may "I voted sticker" & was gone!

Anonymous said...


I had a similar experience. Found a parking spot near the front door. A poll worker held open the door for me and I walked up to the registration table where there was no line. I was quickly given a voting machine card and walk to the voting machine where I easily cast my vote. I then got my sticker and walked out to my car. I was gone in less than five minutes.

Only one problem. I got to vote in the District 25 Senate election. However, I live in Dinsmor and that is in John Horne's district.

Otherwise, it could not have been smoother.

Anonymous said...

How can the Senate district 25 results be anywhere near final? There's confirmation of people voting for the seat who don't live in district 25 and folks who live in the district but weren't allowed to vote. Then there were a fair # of people who showed up to vote at the same place they've been voting for years to be told they weren't on the roll.

Anonymous said...

Stupid to gerrymander to the extent that you split a precinct. The county should officially make it two separate precincts with separate poll books. They could still both vote at the same place.

Anonymous said...

@10:07 Madison 1st Baptist poll workers for the republican party most definitely saw democratic poll workers obtain signatures from democratic voters who checked in and had already signed the receipt book located at the opposite end of the table. Turns out the mysterious additional signatures were on the petition for Tammy Hawkins Phillips. So these voters were approached/solicited during or after casting their ballots, which I'm pretty sure in not permitted! This was reported and hopefully will be addressed accordingly.

Anonymous said...

10:01 - that is essentially what is done. But they didn't handle it correctly. But - when the legislature redistricted it could have done so without splitting any of the precincts but they didn't do that because individual members want certain areas in their districts and don't want other areas. And the members don't worry about precinct lines.

A properly done redistricting (one done with the state and the people in mind rather than the incumbents) could be done without any split precincts. While that wouldn't eliminate all election day problems, it would certainly solve many.

Anonymous said...

6:45 - OK - So you know what Senate District you live in; do you think every voter does?

Do you trust a voter to properly say where they live? What about those that want to vote in the district but don't? You evidently believe that someone stating where they live is adequate. Naive in the utmost.

The system is designed to handle these split precincts - without a problem. In this instance, someone screwed it up and the very elementary process was not set in place.

Let me suggest you go to work in the Secretary of State's office - you evidently know about as much as they do on how to run an election.

Anonymous said...

My absentee ballot in Madison County didn't include the Senate special election.

Anonymous said...

5:48 says they 'swiped' her Driver License. WHAT? There's no magnetic information strip on a Mississippi Driver License.

Anonymous said...


Take a look on the back of your license. There is a magnetic strip and a 2D barcode.

Anonymous said...

I'm hearing we should expect a new election for these 5 boxes on April 5th or April 12th.

Anonymous said...

6:21 - those of us that are using legal drivers licenses do have a magnetic strip on the back of them. Don't know where you got yours, but maybe somebody ought to check your bonifides (from O'Brother).

For those counties that use the latest technology, including Hinds, the voter can give a drivers license for their ID and it will - 9 times out of 10 - be able to be swiped under a scanner and immediately find the voter. Not bad - but I'm sure the Rankin County "I hate Jackson and everything about it" will find something wrong with our using technology that they can't handle.

Anonymous said...

Why is Pete Perry allowed to post here? almost everything he says is nothing but self-serving blather.

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