Bolivar County certifies election
by Chance Wright
Nov 13, 2012 | 2917 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Election Commission made up of (l to r) Yvonne Hannah, Bolivar County Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly, David Washington, Debbie Duncan and Victor Baioni had their hands full last week sorting through the nearly 1,600 paper ballots cast during the general election. The votes were tallied and certified by the commission on Saturday.
The Bolivar County Election Commission made up of (l to r) Yvonne Hannah, Bolivar County Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly, David Washington, Debbie Duncan and Victor Baioni had their hands full last week sorting through the nearly 1,600 paper ballots cast during the general election. The votes were tallied and certified by the commission on Saturday.
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Following the counting of absentee and affidavit ballots from last Tuesday's general elections, the Bolivar County Election Commission and Circuit Clerk Marilyn Kelly have certified the results and sent them to the Secretary of State's office in Jackson.

Commissioners began meeting at the Bolivar County Courthouse in Cleveland on Wednesday to validate the results with the addition of nearly 800 provisional ballot and nearly 750 absentee ballots that were not available for tally on Tuesday night.

"Last Tuesday's county election numbers have been certified," said Kelly. "We began the certification process on Wednesday afternoon and wrapped it up on Saturday."

With the addition of these paper ballots, Democratic incumbent presidential candidate Barack Obama extended his win in Bolivar County receiving 10,582, or 68.54 percent of the vote over Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who received 4,701, or 30.45 percent.

Also receiving votes in the presidential election in Bolivar County were Virgil Goode (49), Gary Johnson (54), Jill Stein (23), Barbara Dale Washer (19), and 12 write in votes.

During certification, Democratic candidate Albert N. Gore Jr. extended his county lead to 8,277, or 60.45 percent, over incumbent Republican candidate Roger Wicker, who received 4,939, or 36.07 percent of the votes in the U.S. Senate race.

Others receiving county votes in this race were Thomas Cramer (272), Shawn O'Hara (200), and four write in votes.

After certification it was confirmed that incumbent Democratic candidate Bennie Thompson dominated the county race for the U.S. Second Congressional District Representative seat.

Thompson's final tally of 10,584, or 70.69 percent, gave him the overwhelming victory in Bolivar County over republican candidate Bill Marcy, who received 4,173, or 27.87 percent of the vote.

Others receiving county votes in this race were: C. Mondale Williams (152), Lajena Williams (57), and six write in votes.

After counting the provisional ballots, incumbent W.L. "Bill" Waller Jr. leapfrogged Earle S. Banks in route to winning the Supreme Court District One race, Position One. Waller received 6,420, 53.54 percent of the vote compared to Banks' 5,557, or 46.34 percent. There were also 14 write-in-votes tallied in the race.

In the race for Position Two of District Two for the Court of Appeals, Ceola James defeated Ermea "EJ" Russell by a vote of 6,700, or 68.09 percent, to 3,116, or 31.67 percent. There were also 24 write in votes counted.

In the race for Shaw school board trustee, sub-district five, the votes were split and a run-off election will be needed to determine the winner. Carolyn Williams tallied 161 votes, or 37.79 percent, over George Ballard, 133, or 31.22 percent, and incumbent Leon McNeal, 132, or 30.99 percent.

The run-off election is scheduled to take place on Nov. 27.