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Election Commissioner not allowed on ballot

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HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A sitting Hinds County Election Commissioner is fighting to get on the ballot after missing the June 4 qualifying deadline for 2012 elections. Attorney Warren Martin spoke for his client, Bobbie Graves, during Monday morning's board of supervisors meeting.

Despite being an incumbent, Graves did not submit her qualifying papers to the right office. A motion to allow her and two other people who made the same mistake failed in a 2-2, with one abstaining, board vote.

The board's decision means Graves will not be on the ballot, and Martin said they will continue to fight.

"We don't want a situation where the will of the people is usurped," Martin said.  "She's the incumbent, she has a right to be placed on the ballot. Clearly, the people want her on the ballot."

Graves submitted her paper work to the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's office before the June 4, 5 p.m. deadline.  However, as required by law, candidates have to submit their qualifying papers and petitions to the Chancery Clerk's office.  Graves did so the following morning, but as the board upheld Monday, it was considered too late. 

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