Date set for Clemons’ election challenge
Leroy Clemons’ alderman-at-large challenge has been rescheduled for Jan. 31 in Neshoba County Circuit Court.
Clemons, as the incumbent, is contesting the 2021 general election he lost by one vote.
Judge Larry Roberts set the date. The jury trial had been set for October but had to be postponed because one of the witnesses tested positive for COVID-19.
Philadelphia election commissioners certified the results of the June 8 municipal race, with James Waltman winning, 670-669.
Clemons, who was the incumbent, claims there were widespread irregularities and a lack of security of the ballot boxes. He claims the tapes of the voting results from the optical mark reading equipment were not present in the ballot boxes for Wards 1, 2 and 3 when he and his representatives examined the ballot boxes.
Clemons also questions the process of how affidavit ballots were considered and disqualified.
Clemons is asking the court to determine the true final vote. If that is not possible, he is asking for the election to be thrown out and that a new election be held.