Maben resolves election issue

From Press Reports

 

State law requires cities to submit their certified election results to the secretary of state’s office within five days of the 2013 general election. The deadline for cities to submit their certified results to the office was June 11.

At the time of a release issued Friday, 47 cities had not submitted their certified election results to the secretary of state’s Office. Maben was among those cities however, the Secretary of State confirmed Monday, June 17 they had received Maben’s results averting court intervention.

“To promote open and public transparency, it is imperative cities timely file their certified election results with the secretary of state’s office,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “The city and the public have a right to know the final election results, and the city should provide it in a timely fashion.”

Certifying election results in a municipal election is a duty of the municipal election commission.

Mississippi Code Ann. §23-15-611 requires the secretary of state’s office to issue a show cause order to cities that fail to timely file their certified results. Once the show cause order has been issued, cities then have five additional working days to submit their results. The office may petition a court to compel the municipal election commissioners to comply.