Voters running into problems at Kamper Park precinct

Voters say they are being removed from the poll book despite having their ID cards. Source:...
Voters say they are being removed from the poll book despite having their ID cards. Source: Ryan Moore WDAM
Published: Nov. 8, 2016 at 4:47 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 26, 2018 at 11:25 AM CST
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Voter turnout across areas in Forrest County has been higher so far than in years past, but not without an issue or two.

Some of the voting locations were reporting over 35% before noon on Tuesday, but some voters have reported a few issues.

By noon, 12 voters had voted by affidavit ballot at the Kamper Park precinct, with majority of them not being listed on the voter roll.

"I had my voter ID and my registration card and they said I wasn't on the roster so they turned it over to the clerk there, she checked their computer there and it showed me as inactive," said Forrest County resident Theresa Boggan. "I've been in the same house for 11 years, and in fact got a new voter registration card mailed to me in May 2015, and voted in the primary."

Majority of the phone calls fielded at the Forrest County Circuit Clerks office have dealt with questions about inactive or purged voters, which is handled by the Forrest County Election Commissioner, Charlie Phillips.

"The clerk here (at Circuit Court) pulled me up and did confirm that it shows as inactive but without any explanation," said Boggan.

Boggan was able to cast a ballot in the form of an affidavit, but she said it's an unnecessary hassle.

Voter after voter filed into the Circuit Clerks office after they voted looking for help.

"I showed up with my photo ID and my voter registration card and they said I wasn't on the roster," said Forrest County resident Katie Angus.

Angus said she was particular excited about voting today.

"This is the first time I was going to vote for the president, because before I was living in Europe and I had requested an absentee ballot many years ago and it arrived after the election, so this is the first time I was all dressed up and ready to go," said Angus.

At the Kamper Park precinct, Angus was told why she wasn't on the roster.

"I was purged because I moved out of the county, except I've been at the same address for the last two and a half years….and I voted in the primaries, so clearly I hadn't moved," said Angus.

Anugs was able to vote on an affidavit ballot at the precinct, but again it was an unnecessary hassle.

Kamper Park Precinct Receiving and Returning Manager, Tim Phalen said they have seen more inactive voters this year than in the past.

"There has been a few more this year than there has been in the years past, I really don't know the answer to it," said Phalen. "We kind of notice it…now one of the answers to it of course is going to be an increased number of voters that we have this time, because there are some that haven't voted for a couple of years and legitimately if you will…on the inactive roster because they haven't voted since the last presidential election or before that."

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