Mississippi is spending about $15,000 to follow a state Supreme Court order and add another Democratic candidate to the March 8 presidential primary ballot, the state’s top elections official said Monday. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann also said counties could face additional costs totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Justices on Thursday ordered Hosemann to list Chicago businessman Willie Wilson on the primary ballot after the state Democratic Party had initially rejected Wilson’s petition to run.
Other Democrats on the Mississippi ballot are Hillary Clinton, Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders. The ballot was set before O’Malley dropped out.
Mississippi law says the secretary of state puts nationally recognized presidential candidates on the Democratic and Republican primary ballots. Other presidential candidates can get on the ballot by submitting a petition with at least 500 signatures.