Tuesday, September 13, 2011

It's official: Todd Wade (R) tossed off ballot in race against Sen. Gray Tollison (D-Oxford)

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (R) and Attorney General Jim Hood (D) outvoted Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) (sitting in for an absent Gov. Haley Barbour) 2-1 in a decision by the State Election Commission today to remove Republican Senate candidate Todd Wade from the ballot. Apparently, there was no evidence that Wade had ever been a registered voter in Mississippi prior to September 15, 2010. Article 4, Section 42 of the Mississippi Constitution requires that a member of the Senate must have been a "qualified elector" in Mississippi for 4 years before taking office. That means you have to have been registered to vote for 4 years, and Wade could not prove he'd been registered for longer than a year.

Incumbent State Sen. Gray Tollison (D-Oxford) is now running unopposed.

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