Hattiesburg ballot count to continue today

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HATTIESBURG (AP) — Ballot counting will stretch into Thursday for Hattiesburg’s second mayoral election this year.

The special election was Tuesday, and officials spent hours Wednesday counting and examining absentee ballots. They stopped just before 5 p.m. Wednesday and are scheduled to start again about 9 a.m. today.

Independent Dave Ware had a 32-vote lead over three-term Democratic incumbent Johnny DuPree when officials started counting absentee ballots. The race will remain undecided until 1,055 absentee ballots are counted.

WDAM-TV reports that boxes from five of the 14 precincts were set aside for further review because of unmarked ballots. The boxes require review by the attorney general.

A judge ordered this week’s special election after Ware said there were irregularities in a June 4 election that DuPree won by 37 votes.