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UPDATE: Secretary of State's office called in over Starkville affidavit issues

 

Carl Smith

 

Numerous issues surrounding Ward 2 affidavits prompted Starkville City Clerk Taylor Adams to request election oversight today from the Mississippi Secretary of State's office. 

 

No affidavits have been confirmed or rejected today, and a state representative is expected to be in City Hall 11 a.m. Friday. 

 

The city has five days from the Tuesday election to certify results, but Adams said Starkville will seek an extension in order to perform due diligence with challenged affidavits. 

 

Ward 2 Alderman Sandra Sistrunk took a two-vote lead over challenger Lisa Wynn into Wednesday. The incumbent challenged numerous affidavits that same day over various issues. Adams said today that numerous issues exist which need state clarification, including how voters filled out the legal statements versus how state statute dictates and a question of timeframe a voter has to alert officials when moving from the county to the city. 

 

Election commissioners rejected six of 17 Ward 2 affidavits outright Wednesday, while eight remained challenged.  

 

The Dispatch will have continuing coverage of the Ward 2 situation in Friday's paper. Follow @StarkDispatch for live updates on the affidavit-approval process.

 

Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch

 

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