Hattiesburg sends voter cards to those outside of city limits

Updated: Jun. 5, 2017 at 6:05 PM CDT
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The City of Hattiesburg sent postcards encouraging residents outside of the city limits to vote in Tuesday's municipal election, according to Forrest County Circuit Clerk Gwen Wilks.

"After investigating, we found there was some redistricting done in our office under the prior administration," she said.

Wilks said the city sent the cards by mistake. She said her office urges those who know they live within the Hattiesburg city limits to vote on Tuesday, June 6, and said she is working to correct the issue.

"If you do not live in the city limits and received a postcard from the City of Hattiesburg, know that we are working with the Secretary of State's Office to get this problem resolved as soon as possible," Wilks said.

The Secretary of State's communications department said Wilks' office did contact the agency "with concerns voiced by several phone calls as to the accuracy of Hattiesburg's municipal district lines. It is our understanding that the district lines were entered into the Statewide Elections Management System by a previous circuit clerk's administration."

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said his office doesn't run municipal elections, but will help in any way he can.

"First, let me be absolutely clear, every eligible voter living in Hattiesburg should cast their ballot," Hosemann said in a statement. "Second, municipal elections are conducted by municipal election officials and not by the Secretary of State. Lastly, our office will provide whatever assistance is requested by the municipal or county authorities."

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