State Secretary requests Hattiesburg special election absentee applications

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Secretary of State's office has requested all copies of absentee ballot applications and the envelopes of Hattiesburg's September 24 special election.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he has a legislative agenda to address absentee ballots and there are several things that are of concern.

Hosemann says it's a standard procedure to review absentee applications and envelopes. He says the office will look for things such as individuals who said they were out-of-town on election day, ballots cast by person or by mail, and information on who witnessed the actual ballots.

According to Hosemann, statistical information gathered from the counties and cities will be used in the legislative process next year.

"Hattiesburg had approximately seven percent cast absentee ballots either in person or by mail and that is slightly higher than state average and other elections," said Hosemann. "This year there were only municipal elections so this will be one of the ones that we would review."

Hosemann says after reviewing all of the absentee ballot applications and envelopes, a full report will be given to the citizens of Mississippi and Hattiesburg, and the Mississippi Legislature.

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