Extra Lee ballots required

TUPELO – A surge in Lee County voter turnout, especially where constables were on the ballot, sent officials to the copy machines at mid-day Tuesday.
Circuit Clerk Joyce Loftin’s office machinery made copies of ballots for precincts, where election officials called about dwindling supplies.
Those new ballots meant they had to be hand-counted.
Early in the afternoon, Loftin grabbed up about 100 ballots and headed out to Endville and Petersburg precincts as her office workers took calls from other locales.
Later, she could not be reached for comment.
Lee County’s electronic vote-counting machines will not accept the copies ballots, so they had to be counted by hand, Loftin said earlier in the day.
It wasn’t immediately known how many copied ballots were used to vote.
A few hours before the polls closed, Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi’s secretary of state’s Office, reported Election Day interest and turnout high despite rain in some areas.
“The few problems we had around the state concerning voting machines have now been rectified,” he said.
His office in Jackson maintained a telephone hotline until 8 p.m.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield.com.

Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal