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Secretary of State Lays Out Ground Rules

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HATTIESBURG, "The City of Hattiesburg has been through a lengthy process here, and I want them to know we're running an election, not a circus," Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said at a press conference Tuesday.

He said he will be in Hattiesburg every single day until the election is over making sure poll workers, election commissioners and residents are prepared.

About 20 of the 90 workers from his office are expected to be in town on election day.

Hosemann said they are not the election police, but they will be watching closely.

"We want to make sure that citizens feel comfortable in casting their ballot and that we can say to everyone here that we had a free and fair election and the winner is..." Hosemann said.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions and the official Election Handbook is available online.  It spells out exactly what Hosemann trained poll workers and election commissioners to know.  Voters who take the time to read it can help ensure that all votes are counted.

Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to call the election hotline at Hosemann's office 1-800-829-6786f from 8-5 on weekdays and 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on election day.

I just encourage everyone to go vote and hope that at the end of the day on Tuesday that the vote of the people will truly be reflected in what happens," Forrest County District Attorney Patricia Burchell said.

Don't listen to rumor or innuendo," Hosemann advised.  "Decide who you want to run Mississippi's 4th largest city with $50,000 in the budget and one of our three highest institutions of learning.  That's what you should focus on."

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