Hattiesburg officials temporarily stop validating ballots in close mayoral election

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg officials have decided to stop validating ballots Wednesday evening and will resume the process at 9am Thursday.

At 6 p.m. Wednesday thirty-three votes still separated Johnny DuPree and David Ware. At that time officials had reviewed 115 affidavit ballots. They explained that 40 of those would be counted, 56 would not be counted, and 19 would be left on hold for later review. The votes will be tallied once all the ballots pass through the process, officials said.

Both David Ware and Johnny DuPree briefly visited the proceedings on Wednesday.

Election officials began the process with 115 affidavit ballots at 10:30 a.m. According to City Clerk Eddie Meyers, the official results will not be released until Thursday.

The results on Tuesday were as follows:

  • Johnny DuPree - 4,750
  • David Ware - 4,717
  • Nathan Jordan - 93
  • Clyde Stewart - 28
  • Shawn O'Hara - 16
  • Write-In - 9

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