Letter in Jones County urges Democrats to vote for Cochran

Published: Jun. 23, 2014 at 10:55 PM CDT
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JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Jones County Assistant District Attorney J.Ronald Parrish is outraged by a letter that is going around the area. The letter urges and demands Democrats who did not vote June 3, to vote Republican in the runoff election. So what is wrong with that you ask?

"If you're a member of one political party and you intend to support that candidate in that political party it is against the law for you to vote in the other political party's primary," said Parrish.

According to the Mississippi Code of 1972, Section 23-15-575, No person shall be able to participate in any primary election unless he intends to support the nominations made in the primary in which he participates.

"Can people get away with this, they probably can unless they're stupid enough to say who they're going to vote for to start with," said Parrish.

Aside from what the law states, there's really no way of proving who a voter supports or votes for unless the voter openly declares it. According to a 2003 Mississippi attorney general opinion, "…poll workers may not challenge a voter, despite that voters past history of voting for democrats unless the voter comes in and 'openly declares that he or she does not intend to support the nominees of the party.'"

The letter which appears to be signed by Jones County District Five Supervisor Jerome Wyatt also says "Thad Cochran is the best candidate"

Seven on Your Side tried reaching Wyatt at his office twice in regards to the letter and left a message with his secretary, but still have not received a call-back.

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