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Write-in ballots draw some complaints, questions

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Polls have closed in Mississippi, but at least two judicial elections likely won't be decided on Tuesday. Some circuit clerks in south Mississippi say they won't get a complete tally on write-in ballots for two judgeships until Wednesday at the earliest.

The write-in ballots were made necessary when District 13 Circuit Judge Robert Evans died in July and District 10 Chancery Judge James Thomas Jr. died Oct. 1. Each was running unopposed.

Several chancery court and circuit court races are on the ballot, along with two contested Mississippi Court of Appeals races.

Appeals Court Judge Donna Barnes of Tupelo is challenged by Kelly Mims, a lawyer who's also from Tupelo.

Appeals Court Judge Tyree Irving, who lives in Madison, is running against Ceola James, a former chancery judge from Vicksburg.

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