Corinth Ward 4 alderman election challenge still alive

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – A challenge to the outcome of Corinth’s Ward 4 alderman still needs to be decided in court.
Steve Hill, who was unseated as Ward 4 alderman by J.C. “Honeyboy” Hill in the Sept. 28 municipal primary, filed the lawsuit in Alcorn County Circuit Court on Oct. 29.
The Municipal Democratic Executive Committee did not act on Steve Hill’s challenge request, said Steve Hill’s attorney, Danny Lowrey.
After judges from the 1st Circuit Court District disqualified themselves, Judge Vernon R. Cotten of Carthage, from the 8th Circuit Court District, accepted the assignment to hear the case. He still has to set a court date.
An order requesting a court date has been sent to the judge, Lowrey said on Friday.
Steve Hill said he understood that the judge has been hearing another contested election case, which may be the cause of the delay in setting a court date.
The petition, which is the basis for the lawsuit, challenges the acceptance of five affidavit ballots for individuals who Steve Hill said gave incorrect addresses in their voter registration. He lost the primary election by two votes, 328-326.
After a count of machine votes and absentee ballots late Tuesday, Steve Hill led with 307 votes to J.C. Hill’s 296 votes.
Of 67 affidavit ballots cast in the Democratic primary, 50 were accepted by the Democratic Executive Committee, and 47 of those affidavit ballots were cast in the Ward 4 election.
Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.