Mayoral candidate asks for supervisor oversight and law enforcem - - Jackson, MS

Mayoral candidate asks for supervisor oversight and law enforcement during election and vote count

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EDWARDS, MS (WLBT) - Turmoil surrounds a Hinds County municipal election where a candidate is speaking out about voting problems he had and fears may resurface.

One day before the Edwards Mayoral runoff election, Marcus Wallace, a challenger for the post, is asking for oversight during Tuesday's race and law enforcement during the voting process and vote count.

Wallace is crying foul over what he calls voting irregularities and improper oversight by the chair of the Hinds County election commission. The 44 year old construction company owner faces incumbent Mayor R.L. Perkins in the special election run off.

Wallace held a news conference Monday calling for the presence of Hinds County Supervisors and deputies during the election and vote count. The businessman is alleging voter tampering and says challenges were ignored.

Wallace is also accusing Hinds County Election Commission Chair Connie Cochran of taking over the town's election process.

"In the November 4th election I voted, and I was on the poll roster," said Wallace. "Well, when I went back December 2nd to the mayoral special election to vote, my name was not on the poll roster. So there's been some tampering going on with my name and information in the system." 

Commissioner Cochran said Wallace's statement is incorrect, and she was asked by the Edwards Election Commission to assist with the elections.

Cochran said her responsibilities were to print the ballots, verify absentee and affidavit ballots and certify the election.

She says she will not be assisting during the run off election because of her sister-in-law's funeral.

In the December second race, Wallace received 130 votes to Perkins 94 votes, followed by Marty Green with 71 and Willie Rozelle's 12 votes.

Mayor Perkins declined to comment on the allegations or Tuesday's run off.

Cochran said another commissioner will be sent to Edwards for the election. She will then certify the results Wednesday.

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