Mississippi’s top elections official said Thursday that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a state court order telling him to add another candidate to the March 8 Democratic presidential primary ballot. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said he intends to file his appeal with the nation’s highest court Friday and he did not know whether it would receive rapid consideration. The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Hosemann to list Chicago businessman Willie Wilson as a Democratic presidential primary candidate. Justices overturned the state Democratic Party’s rejection of Wilson’s petition to run. They also overturned a trial court judge’s decision that had supported the party’s decision.
Most counties vote electronically, but some use paper ballots. Absentee voting started Jan. 23 for military and overseas voters.
“It sickens me to think we are going to have somebody in Afghanistan defending our country, not being able to use the same ballot as his or her neighbor in Mississippi,” Hosemann said Thursday.