A week after absentee voting was supposed to start statewide, Hinds County still has no ballots for voters to exercise their rights and it’s unclear when they’ll be available. “My understanding is that the chairman of the Election Commission, Jermal Clark, who is the one charged with having the ballots prepared, ordered and printed, just hasn’t done his job,” said Pete Perry, chairman of the Hinds County Republican Party. “It should have been done around the first of September. I have been given the indication that they don’t have any idea when they might have absentee ballots.”
The county Democratic Party chairman was unavailable for comment. A state Democratic Party official said the party is aware there are problems but referred questions to the Hinds County Circuit Clerk’s office. Deputy Circuit Clerk LaGecha McKinley confirmed there are no ballots available. “I have no idea” as to what the holdup is, she said. She referred further questions to Clark and the Election Commission.