Supervisor candidate files official election contestPublished 12:39am Thursday, July 17, 2008
WOODVILLE — The election that was supposed to settle a contentious election contest is now itself being contested.
Candidate for district 2 supervisor — and former supervisor — Kirk Smith filed a petition to contest the election earlier this week.
Smith is challenging the certified win by current Supervisor Richard Hollins.
A contest petition is a legal document in which the party challenging the election levels the allegations — which will later have to be proven in court — on which the contest is based.
Smith’s petition alleges absentee ballots used in the June 24 special primary were ordered from a printer not approved by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office, and that there was sworn inventory of all of the ballots used in the election, as required by law.
The petition alleges there is “is no evidence that a specific, finite, fixed number of paper ballots were ordered, purchased, printed, delivered and used in the June 24, 2008, Special Democratic Primary Election, and it is likely that additional, duplicate or fraudulent paper ballots were issued to (Circuit Clerk) Mon Cree Allen and persons acting in conspiracy with him for use in the said election.”
The petition also alleges that ballot applications and envelopes were missing for 50 people whose names are on the list as having applied for absentee ballots and who reportedly voted.
Other allegations include ballots that were cast by people whose names were not on the last as having applied to vote absentee, intentional mingling of illegal and legal ballots, failure by election officials to label absentee ballots as “accepted” or “rejected,” curbside voting for those who were not legitimately disabled and a missing absentee voter list in one precinct.
The hearing for the contest is set for Monday.