HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A year-long investigation by the district attorney's office into alleged voter irregularities in the 2013 Hattiesburg Mayoral Election has resulted in seven indictments by the Forrest County Grand Jury.
District Attorney Patricia Burchell issued a news release on Friday confirming that seven people have been indicted on misdemeanor charges, after two grand juries determined there was sufficient evidence of illegal voter activity. Burchell says the names of the individuals cannot be released right now, because the indictments have not been served. She says the cases were presented to both the January and July terms of the grand jury.
In September 2013, WDAM ran a series of stories on 8 individuals who voted in the Hattiesburg Mayoral Election, but whose homestead records indicated they lived outside of city limits.
It is not known how many of the eight reported by WDAM, if any, will be served papers.
Burchell says, "I am hopeful that we, the Hattiesburg community, will put behind us the voter irregularity issues that have, at times, divided us during the past year, and that we will move forward to make our city the very best it can be."