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Concerned Citizens Protest Election Process

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A large number of concerned citizens gathered outside the steps of City Hall at noon today to peacefully protest the way the election is being handled.

I'm just here as a concerned citizen," Hattiesburg resident Brandon Thaxton said.  "This is not even about Dave Ware or Johnny DuPree at this point."

"I'm not out here for one person," Ellen Bevon mirrored.  "I'm out here for everyone. I believe something has occurred that's not fair that could possibly be illegal, and I want to know the truth."

Several protestors suggest that officials are not following the law.

"It needs to be counted according to these Mississippi laws, and if our election commission isn't going to follow those laws, who are they held accountable to?" Hattiesburg business owner Carrie Robertson asked. "And if not to them, I'm here because they're going to be held accountable to me."

"I'm just a regular dude," Thaxton said.  "I started this group because I'm a regular guy. I'm not really into politics. I'll be honest with you, but the fact that I bust my butt in this town to earn a living to put food on my table, this is where my tax dollars are going."

Many citizens claim this election to be based on race.

"They're turning it into a racial issue, and it's really not about a racial issue," Hattiesburg resident Alanzo Flemming said.  "It's about corruption. You want policies that work. You want those policies articulated. You want to know who this guy is you're voting into office."

Some even say they're running out of hope...

"It's like you lose faith in the system itself," Flemming said.

"At this point, I have no faith in the election process," Robertson said.  "Does my vote matter?"

Many questions are raised regarding Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's involvement.

"You were on the radio the day after the election saying that everything went well and went smoothly, but is that really what happened?" Thaxton asked.  "I want answers."

The majority of residents agree that they are ready to see this process come to an end.

"You've got a lot of emotions running high, and a lot of hearts hurting, and I hope that at the end..whatever the end result is...that it will be fair and those hearts will be healed," Bevon said.

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