Thursday, November 30, 2006
Elliott wins judge race; Byers takes Marshall
By SUE WATSON
Unofficial election results for the November 21 runoff election showed Ripley attorney Robert Elliott easily defeating Shirley C. Byers, a Holly Springs attorney and former circuit court judge in Greenville, in the District 3, Place 2 circuit court judicial race.
According to unofficial figures compiled by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and published November 22, Elliott received 12,033 votes or 67 percent of votes cast. Byers received 6,021 or 33 percent.
The Place 2 position is a newly created judge seat for District 3, authorized by the 2005 Legislature to help clear an overcrowded docket in the district’s seven counties - Marshall, Benton, Tippah, Union, Lafayette, Calhoun and Chickasaw counties. Two incumbent District 3 judges, Andrew Howorth and Henry Lackey, ran unopposed this year.
Official election results for the November 21 runoff in Marshall County by precinct were provided by the Election Commission and circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
Byers swept the county, taking 2,622 votes or 62.79 percent as compared to Elliott’s 1,554 votes or 37.21 percent. Total voting was down in the runoff, Carpenter said, with 4,176 voters going to the polls out of a total registered voter population of 18,765. Just over 22 percent of registered voters in the county cast ballots in the runoff.
By precinct, the following official results are tabulated with percentages rounded off and in brackets.
Carpenter noted poll workers reported fewer paper jams in the new voting machines. She attributed it to a shorter ballot. She said Diebold, the manufacturer, thinks the company has pinpointed the cause of paperjams and the problem will be corrected before next year’s elections.
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