The contentious Hinds County election could be certified by the Democratic party as official this Tuesday. But, the fight will not end there. This appears to be headed to a courtroom. Campaign workers from several camps were keeping close watch over the ballot review process Saturday in the basement of the Hinds County Courthouse.
The most bitter debate is between Tyrone Lewis who currently leads incumbent Malcolm McMillin for county sheriff. McMillin’s camp said the election is wrought with too many questions at polling places throughout the city. The sheriff’s son isn’t the only one saying the election appears to be headed for a challenge.
“It appears they are willing to certify this election without thoroughly looking through problems that have been presented to them, polling locations and differences of numbers and I think to certify it without going through this would be a travesty to the people who took the time to cast their vote,” said Andrew McMillin.
“The bottom line is the vote has been cast, the county has spoken and Tyrone Lewis is going to be our next sheriff,” said Lewis’s campaign manager Aaron Banks. Lewis has 51 percent of the vote. If the numbers change to below 50 percent, then McMillin could end up in a runoff. The Democrats could certify the election results Tuesday. Then, the challenge process could follow.