Primary runoff results not yet certified

Published 12:14 am Saturday, August 31, 2019

By Ben Hillyer & Sabrina Robertson

NATCHEZ — Adams County voters will have to wait until after the Labor Day weekend for primary runoff election results to be certified.

Adams County Election Commissioner Larry Gardner said final results for the primary runoff were delayed because photo identification is missing from one of the absentee ballots.

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Gardner said the commission is legally required to give absentee voters five business days to provide missing documents before their vote is disqualified.

Those with missing documents have been contacted and the voters have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to provide their information because of the Labor Day holiday.

“We can’t certify the results until every vote is counted,” Gardner said.

Turnout in Tuesday’s primary runoff was better than previously reported after further review of data provided by the election commission.

More than 35% of registered voters cast ballots in the election — double the turnout originally reported.

Gardner confirmed Friday morning that the number of registered voters shown on an election summary report provided Tuesday evening was doubled because the county provides two separate voter rolls for poll workers in the primary — one for Republican poll workers and one for Democratic poll workers. Since voters are not required to register for a party, the commission must provide the complete voter rolls to both parties, Gardner said. The number on the election summary reflected the number of registered voters used in both primaries.

The number of registered voters in Adams County is 19,120. Of that number, 6,794 voters or 35.5% of registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election.