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Public worker caught on tape allegedly campaigning at work for the opponent

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

An election campaign in Mississippi is causing eyebrows to raise over a state law and whether it's being enforced.

This after a county worker is caught on video allegedly campaigning for a candidate while registering folks to vote.

With state and local election campaigns in full swing in the Magnolia State, all eyes are on the candidates and now once race in Rankin County is causing a stir after the eye of a camera lens caught this.

"She's been here fro 20 years, she's been the office manager for the last four years," the public worker said.

The video, taken last week by a couple registering to vote at the Rankin County Circuit Clerks office allegedly shows an office worker telling them the current Circuit Clerk isn't seeking re-election, then offers up a candidate who's looking to fill the spot.

The worker then gives them campaign material for candidate Rebecca "Becky" Boyd who is the current office manager inside the Circuit Clerk's office.

"I didn't know that if ya'll were aware that our current Circuit Clerk is not seeking re-election, Mrs. Swilley, but this lady right here is. She's been here fro 20 years, she's been the office manager for the last four years and she can do the job from day one," the officer worker explained.

Boyd declined to comment about the video.

State statute prohibits this type of campaigning by county employees and since the Circuit Clerks office is considered a polling place 45 days before an election, campaigning is prohibited within 150 feet of any entrance of the building.

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