JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Hinds County circuit judge will consider a lawsuit by three circuit clerks and a Covington County election commissioner who want to block a write-in election this November for a judicial post in Covington, Jasper, Simpson and Smith counties.
The lawsuit originally was filed in Jasper County against the state Board of Election Commissioners. The Hattiesburg American reported on Friday that clerks said a write-in vote would be too complicated.
A specially appointed circuit judge, Henry Lackey, filed a court order Wednesday transferring the case to Hinds County, where the seat of state government is located.
Commissioners decided to have a write-in election because the only person who signed up to run in the 13th District was incumbent Judge Robert G. Evans. He died of cancer in July, after the candidates' May 7 qualifying deadline
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