New voters will help choose next Hattiesburg mayor

Mississippi State NewsHATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — One thing is likely about the next election for mayor of Hattiesburg: many new voters will be counted.

More than 1,500 people had registered to vote by Friday, with noon Saturday the deadline to register for the special election ordered by Judge William Coleman.

Darryl Blalock, who supports Mayor Johnny DuPree, registered Tuesday. He tells the Hattiesburg American that he didn’t vote June 4 because he figured the Democrat was a shoo-in for re-election.

DuPree led five candidates with 4,775 votes. Independent Dave Ware, who had 4,738, challenged the results.

Each side accused the other of irregularities.

Micky Weidman — a Ware supporter — brought in her son Brett Weidman’s registration. She says her son moved into Hattiesburg years ago but never bothered to register.

  • Thile

    Here’s an aspect of local elections that would greatly improve election integrity and prevent most improprieties: how about creating/reinforcing uniform standards for all cities, towns, and municipalities to follow?

    In the case of Hattiesburg, you had candidates’ spouses and relatives counting ballots. This should never happen under any circumstances. Secondly, poll workers and election commissions need to be educated on what their job entails; the do’s and don’ts of the job and their responsibilities. If these standards already exist, why won’t Delbert hold seminars or go on a statewide speaking tour to reinforce those standards and expectations?

    But voter ID will totally solve everything related to the election process so whatevs.