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Petition filed calling for investigation of Hinds County election

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

One of the candidates for the Hinds County District 1 Circuit judge's seat is calling for an investigation. Ali ShamsidDeen lost the race to incumbent Jeff Weill in the November 4th General Election. He says it is not about losing but a violation of law that he is fighting against.

ShamsidDeen, who is a Jackson Municipal Court Judge, filed the petition with the Hinds County Circuit Clerk's office Monday afternoon. He says what happened to thousands of voters is not just unfair, it is illegal.

"When an elected official comes out and says, well I didn't follow the law, but still certifies this election, how can you do that?" asked ShamsidDeen.

ShamsidDeen says there is no excuse for Election Commissioner Connie Cochran's failure to order enough ballots for the election.

"But I apologize. It's inexcusable to run out of ballots," said Cochran.

"And that's why I filed this petition to have a thorough investigation, said ShamsidDeen. "I want to be clear about that I'm not asking for a recount, I'm not asking that they go back and recount the vote."

Several Hinds County supervisors have also called for an inquiry into the ballot shortage and other problems at the polls. ShamsidDeen says the voters have a right to know what happened.

"Now I've been told that there were as many as 7,000 people who didn't get their opportunity to vote. That's including the ones that went down and waited for hours and didn't get a chance to vote," added ShamsidDeen.

He says the Circuit Clerks office is expected to file his petition with the State Supreme Court.

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