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Election problems plague sheriff's race and more

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Still no winner declared in the sheriff's race in Hinds County.

Thursday morning, election commissioners began counting absentee ballots.

Those ballots along with the affidavit ballots will be added to the vote totals in the coming days.

After widespread problems were reported at the polls Tuesday, several campaign leaders are overseeing that process in the Hinds County courthouse.

Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said this has been the sloppiest election in Hinds County history.

He's optimistic his vote count will increase enough to force a runoff against his opponent, Tyrone Lewis.

Sheriff Malcolm McMillin said, "I wanna make sure everything is done by the book, and we don't have people who wanted to vote for me and showed up at the Democratic table and were told they had to go to the Republican table, I wasn't on that ballot. We wanna make sure everything is done right, not happy with the way things were done on election day. We wanna make sure everything is done according to the book."

As of now, Tyrone Lewis leads Malcolm McMillin by over 2,000 votes in the race for sheriff.

There are several races where the vote count is even closer. 

Election commissioners have 10 days to certify the election.

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