Election results stand

Published 12:33 am Tuesday, August 28, 2007

NATCHEZ — Circuit clerk candidate Donnie Holloway will not contest the primary election results, he said Monday.

Holloway requested last week to examine absentee and affidavit ballots for any that might have been wrongly counted or discounted.

Incumbent Circuit Clerk M.L. “Binkey” Vines and candidate Eddie Walker will be in a run off for the Democratic ballot for the position today.

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There is no Republican contender.

Holloway was 109 votes behind Walker.

“I had many supporters as well as those who supported other candidates complain to me that they felt their vote had not been properly counted,” Holloway said in a statement issued Monday.

In the statement, he said he was also frustrated with the manner in which the absentee ballots were cast and wished the legislature would tighten the process.

Holloway said he remained optimistic about the future of Natchez and Adams County.

“I deeply appreciate the support given to me in this election and past elections and will continue to work hard to merit your confidence and support,” Holloway said in his statement.

Holloway is currently the city clerk. Holloway said Monday evening that he found close to 100 absentee and affidavit ballots that were questionable. However, he said he would have needed roughly 200 to contest the election.

“We felt we didn’t have enough to present to a judge,” he said.

Holloway finished examining ballot envelopes, which bore voters’ identifying information, Thursday.

At the time, he said he found some absentee ballots that were not signed and affidavit ballots from residents of other counties.

Monday was the deadline for Holloway to decide to contest the election.