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McDaniel sues circuit clerk
by Amanda Sexton Ferguson, Editor and Publisher
Jul 24, 2014 | 83 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chris McDaniel has filed a lawsuit against Montgomery County Circuit Clerk Lanelle Martin alleging Martin withheld access to ballot boxes from the June 24 runoff election.

McDaniel, who lost to longtime incumbent Senator Thad Cochran by around 7,000 votes, is currently reviewing voting records across the state, stating on his website, “During the runoff election, desperate supporters of Thad Cochran recruited Democrats to come vote in the Republican runoff. The result was thousands of voting irregularities and a stolen election.”

According to Martin, the lawsuit claims she did not give a McDaniel representative access to ballot boxes after the statute-mandated 12 days allowing the public to examine the ballot boxes.

Martin said the representative arrived at her office on the 12th day, and she informed him that his time to examine the boxes ended when the office closed at the end of the day. The representative returned on July 8 requesting to see the ballot boxes, and Martin informed him the time to review the ballot boxes had expired.

“I am just going by the statute and what I was advised by the state’s attorney general’s office and the secretary of state’s office,” Martin said.

According to the statute, Martin said the general public has 12 days from the day the county party leader certifies the election results. Montgomery County’s election was certified on June 25.

Martin has not yet been served with the lawsuit.

In Montgomery County, Cochran drew 51 percent of the vote to McDaniels 49 percent.

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