Adams County results still unavailable

Published 12:03 am Saturday, November 7, 2015

NATCHEZ — The results of Adams County’s absentee vote count from the Nov. 3 election will not be available until next week.

While the counting of the votes was completed Thursday, some key information had to be entered into the electronic election system before an unofficial count could be rendered, officials said Thursday.

The Adams County Election Commission did not meet Friday to enter that information because one of its members had a family medical emergency, a representative of the Adams County Circuit Clerk’s office said.

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Members of the election commission could not be reached for comment Friday.

Adams County’s absentee votes will play an important role in determining who wins the seat for District 37 in the state Senate.

Incumbent Sen. Melanie Sojourner, R-Natchez, said Thursday she has a 32-vote lead by her count, while her Democratic challenger, former Sen. Bob Dearing, of Natchez, said he believes he has 60 votes over his opponent.

In addition to the Adams County ballots, Pike County had more than 300 affidavit ballots to be canvassed and counted.

The canvassing process in Pike County was not completed Thursday, and — after taking a break for logistical reasons in the Pike County courthouse — will resume until Monday.