One of the top election leaders in the state told 16 WAPT News that the ballot rules need to be thrown out. Gary Knight, the head of the Election Commissioners Association of Mississippi, said the group has worked for years to change legislation that requires precincts to print ballots for 75 percent of their voter population. “It is my opinion that statute is generally a little behind technology,” Knight said. Knight said he has heard about problems with ballots in Hinds County during the Nov. 4 general election. Some voters had to wait for ballots, even after the polls closed, because several precincts ran out.
… 16 WAPT’s Tammy Estwick did some checking. DeSoto County uses a system similar to Hinds County. Commissioner Danny Klein said DeSoto County did not order 75 percent for the last general election, and didn’t have any problems.
“You need to follow the law or get it changed, that’s why the law was put into effect, so we wouldn’t leave voters in the dark,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said after the election. Knight admits that rules are rules, and when it comes to ordering ballots it’s written in black and white.