Some counties experienced issues on election runoff day

Lee County and Lafayette County experienced issues during Tuesday's election runoff.

Posted: Aug 27, 2019 4:29 PM
Updated: Aug 27, 2019 4:31 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - Many voting precincts experienced rough starts on Tuesday.

One such place was in Lafayette County.

This voter selected "Bill Waller Jr.," but the red "X" appeared next to Tate Reeves. This was at the Burgess precinct. | Source: Sally Kate Walker/Facebook

Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Baretta Mosley said one voting machine at the Burgess precinct was only giving voters the option to choose Tate Reeves on the Republican ballot for governor.

In this instance, the voter would tap Bill Waller's name, but the box next to “Tate Reeves” would be selected instead.

Reeves is competing against Waller to become the Republican nod for governor. The winner will face Democrat Jim Hood in the November general election. 

The circuit clerk said the issue only affected one voting machine, which was shut down immediately.

She said poll workers tested the machine on Friday and everything appeared to be fine. Mosley said this was a calibration issue.

Lee County also experienced an issue.

Lee County Circuit Clerk Camille Roberts said some voters received the wrong ballot style and voting had to be suspended at one precinct in Lee County.

Primary elections are conducted by political parties in Mississippi.

If a voter chose the Republican ballot on Aug. 6, the voter must also vote Republican in Tuesday’s runoff.

According to Democratic Party chairman, Bobby Mokes, Mississippi does not allow voters to switch parties during the same Primary election.

Some precincts may not have any Democratic runoffs, leaving Democratic voters without any candidates to choose from.

In the November election, voters are not bounded to a political party, meaning they can choose their favorite candidate.

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