Results of Tuesday’s Hinds County Democratic primary appeared to remain up in the air today after vote count problems left some candidates doubting final tallies.
“What the public needs to know is that there is no election at this point,” said Claude McInnis, vice chairman of the Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee. “All we have is numbers from precincts. Until the committee verifies the election, we don’t have one.”
McInnis and members of his committee were at the Hinds County Courthouse this morning, trying to untangle the problems. It could take the rest of this week and part of next week to finish work required to verify the election, he said.
… There was talk of candidates asking for recounts late Tuesday as more problems came to light between 9-11 p.m. at the Hinds County Courthouse. No one has requested a recount as of today, McInnis said.
A number of campaign officials and candidates had to work hard late Tuesday to keep tempers in check as the problems unraveled. “We had more problems than normal,” McInnis, executive vice chairman of the Democratic Party.
Several candidates voiced concerns that figures for total votes cast that they personally received at a particular precinct didn’t match the totals being reported by the county.
In Mississippi, primary elections are overseen by the political parties. General elections are overseen by a county’s elections commissioners.