By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal
JACKSON – Todd Wade’s appeal of the state Election Commission’s decision that he was not qualified for the Senate District 9 post was short-lived.
Tuesday afternoon, the former University of Mississippi football standout released a statement saying he was dropping the appeal because a lengthy judicial process might prevent the ballot from being ready in time to send to Mississippians serving in the military out of state.
The Election Commission by a 2-1 decision last week found that Wade did not meet the constitutional qualifications to run for the Senate District 9 post. Wade, an Oxford Republican, filed an appeal of that decision Friday in Hinds County Circuit Court.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Attorney General Jim Hood, who make up two of the three members of the Election Commission, said they denied him a spot on the ballot because there is no proof that Wade has been a qualified elector for four years as required by the state Constitution.
The other member of the commission, Gov. Haley Barbour, said since no one challenged Wade’s qualifications, he should be allowed to run
District 9 consists of Lafayette and Yalobusha counties and a portion of Tallahatchie. Incumbent District 9 Sen. Gray Tollison, D-Oxford, now faces no opposition.
Wade said he became a qualified elector 15 years ago when he was a senior in high school in the Jackson area. But there is no record of Wade registering to vote in his then-home county of Rankin.
After a career in the NFL, Wade said he moved to Lafayette County in 2009 and registered to vote there in September 2010. Before then, he said he had never voted.