Hinds County Election Commission Chairwoman Connie Cochran admitted she violated the law by not ordering enough ballots for last year’s general election, so she plans to order approximately 66,000 more ballots than there are registered voters in the county for the August primary. Because of the shortage of ballots in some precincts in November, some voters had to either stand in line for hours to wait for additional ballots to be delivered to the precincts. “We will have adequate ballots for the primaries,” Cochran said. “There is a lot of waste in here. We are throwing away thousands and thousands of dollars, but it is the law.”
As an example, Cochran said there are about 50 precincts in the county with no Republican voters, but state law mandates the same number of ballots be available for both Democratic and Republican precincts.
Cochran said an attorney general’s opinion stated state law mandates an equal number of ballots for Democrat and Republican precincts for primaries.
Full Article: County to order 66,000 more ballots than voters.