The final ballot box to be counted in Hattiesburg’s mayoral election, and the one that has served as the cornerstone for Mayor Johnny DuPree’s successful runs for the office, arrived at City Hall five hours after polls closed Tuesday, padlocked, but without a required seal.
The box from Rowan precinct, which voted 91.4 percent for Dupree in his race against challenger Dave Ware, did not make its way to downtown Hattiesburg until midnight, and when it got there, it was not tagged with a seal as state law stipulates.
“I don’t know if they ran out of them there, but it did not have a seal,” Ward 4 Election Commissioner Turner Jones said Wednesday morning. “It had a padlock on it, but it didn’t have the seal.”
That seal, which acts as an anti-tampering device, was attached after the box finally arrived from a precinct with a history of not only being one of the city’s largest, but also one of the last to close shop and transport the ballots to be counted. Article
Ware's lead shrunk to 32 votes after Rowan was counted. Just like the good ole days in New Orleans.