Suspect booked for voter fraud in Hattiesburg mayoral election
One person remains to be served with an indictment for casting an irregular ballot in the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral election.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
The sixth of seven irregular voters has been booked in the Forrest County Jail for voter fraud, stemming from the special Hattiesburg mayoral election.
Mack Charles West, 40, was arrested by the Mississippi Department of Corrections Wednesday morning. According to MDOC spokesperson Tara Scott, West is currently on probation for felony shoplifting but was charged with voter fraud through Forrest County.
West reportedly voted in the September special mayoral election, although he had been convicted of a felony shoplifting charge. The Forrest County grand jury indicted seven voters from the 2013 Hattiesburg mayoral election, and one remains at large. That election was taken to court over ballot irregularities and ended after a special election declared Mayor Johnny DuPree the winner.
The others indicted include one of DuPree's appointments for public defender, as well as a Hattiesburg fireman and his wife, who serves as the human resources director for the Hattiesburg School District.