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Starkville alderman candidate challenges election results

Austin Check announced he’s challenging the final vote count in Starkville.

Posted: Apr 23, 2021 2:59 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2021 6:36 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - A candidate in the Starkville Board of Aldermen election announced he’s challenging the final vote count.

Austin Check ran for Ward 4 alderman and lost in the Republican primary by two votes to Kevin Daniels.

Photo Date: April 23, 2021

Austin Check contesting Ward 4 Alderman election results. Photo Date: April 23, 2021.

Check claims the city's map may be part of the problem.

“It’s very difficult to find what the will of the voter is when we’re not sure who the voters are and who they aren’t.”

He addressed his concerns.

“Several of these addresses were right on the edge of the ward,” he said. “So, we took it upon ourselves to review the information we could get from the circuit clerk as to the voting roll and confirmed that these addresses were actually part of the ward. And so far, we’ve found two that are actually outside of the ward.”

If counted differently, he claims the election would change.

“I think everybody feels more comfortable knowing that the results are what they’re supposed to be, that people vote where they're supposed. Whether it’s intentional or unintentional, that we’re getting the presentation based on the constituents in those particular areas.”

Check claims he and his team found 70 addresses outside of the ward, but not all of them voted.

However, he wants to make it clear — he believes no one is at fault.

“There’s nothing fishy," he said. "There’s not somebody that intentionally came and voted in an election they shouldn’t. I want to be clear about that. It’s just that there seems to be an issue between the mapping and the addressing within the city of Starkville.”

Whatever the outcome of his challenge, his hope is that this sparks clarification in the mapping of wards.

Check's opponent Kevin Daniels said he trusted the city and did not put any thought into mapping issues. He will do a little research on voter mapping of his own.

Daniels said he isn't upset about the challenge. However, since the election workers certified the election, he said he's going to proceed as the republican candidate in the general election.

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