Democracy may see new life, finally

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 23, 2008

For months it has seemed like democracy died in Woodville.

The wonderful system our forefathers created was balled up like a paper ballot and stuffed in a hole in the ground. Truckloads of dirt were shipped in and poured on the hole. Then, just for good measure, someone added a load of cement.

It’s just not been a pretty time in Wilkinson County.

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But after months of digging by an appointed judge and work at all levels of the justice system things might be coming to their rightful close.

A federal lawsuit requesting to stop the upcoming county elections was withdrawn this week. Hopefully that was the last card in the deck.

A special primary is set for June 24 to determine the races of sheriff, circuit clerk and district two supervisors. All three races — originally on the ballot in the fall — were contested amidst allegations of illegal ballot use, voter fraud, intimidation and vote buying.

It’s obvious that Circuit Clerk Mon Cree Allen — who has been at the center of all the debate — should not be handling this election. He’s simply too close to the situation.

With the lawsuit out of the picture, it’s time for democracy to live again in Wilkinson County. Let’s just hope no more CPR is needed before Election Day.