Still no vote tally

Published 12:05am Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NATCHEZ — The election commission and political parties are making their lists and checking them twice before releasing the final vote totals from last week’s election.

Election Commission Chairman Larry Gardner said absentee ballots for District 5 were completely counted by approximately 3 p.m. Monday, and reports had begun to be printed. Districts 1-4 had been counted by Saturday morning.

“(We print) reports for every precinct, for every party,” he said. “I don’t know how long the sheet of paper will end up being — probably several hundred feet.”

Those reports are scanned into multiple, unlinked systems to make it harder for someone to skew an election’s results, Gardner said.

“It has a lot of built-in security,” he said. “But it does tend to slow things down.”

Gardner added that the computers are running slowly because other counties, like Jackson, are counting absentee ballots as well. He also said the server has kicked the commission out several times; so entering data is a slow process.

Once the Democratic Party has certified its numbers today, the final numbers can be announced, but he said he still isn’t sure what time they’ll do that.

Absentee ballots have potential to affect the results of the District 94 House seat race and the circuit clerk race, although the chance of absentee votes swaying those outcomes is unlikely.

If 545 absentee ballots were cast were for Incumbent Circuit Clerk Eddie Walker, he’ll avoid a runoff with Jennifer “Lady J” Minor.

Natchez Alderman James “Rickey” Gray could beat Incumbent District 94 Rep. Robert L. Johnson III if a large majority of absentee ballots were cast for him.

However, it’s more likely that Johnson has won with the 53 percent of the Aug. 2 vote he received.

  • Anonymous

    We need to change the voting laws in Ms. since most of your local elections where democrats ,the republicans did not get to vote for any  of the local races.We should hold local voting apart from state wide elections ,an then everyones vote would count.I have talked to a lot of locals, an they where upset that they did not have a chance to vote in the local elections. La. has their system set up so everyone can vote on local elections and Ms. needs to do the same.

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Lets geter done as soon as possible!! 

  • http://www.natchezdemocrat.com khakirat

    Why is it taking so long to get a count on votes in Adams county no larger than we are?!!

  • Anonymous

    ABSENTEE BALLOTS IS A WAY TO CHEAT. THERE’S IS NO TIME LIMIT SET TO COUNT THEM. THOSE BALLOTS COULD BE COUNTED BEFORE THE ELECTION DAY. IT’S NO DIFFERENCE THAN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION; A STATE HOLDING OUT ON A TIGHT RACE; FLORIDA IS A GOOD EXAMPLE. THE SYSTEM HAS GOTTEN MUCH BETTER, AFTER BUSH STOLE BOTH ELECTIONS.       

  • Anonymous

    They only have a certain number of fingers to count on.

  • Ham Bone

    Did we hire the Woodville election committee?  It’s been a week, no wonder we can’t get anything done in this town.  This is a disgrace.

  • Anonymous

    Hell you ever seen our election commission, only one under 40 and barely, the others range from 65-90, and the oldest member keeps the whole election process screwed up.

  • Anonymous

    How hard can it be?

  • Anonymous

    Open primaries are the ticket, IMO.  Being a moderate, I rarely care to vote any party line, especially today.  There truly have been some very good candidates, IMO, who I would have voted for in some past elections, not this one, but couldn’t due to being forced to vote a party line. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh it be.