Mississippi Election Fiasco: The Great Ballot Debacle of 2023
Well, well, well. It seems Mississippi has once again made headlines for all the wrong reasons. In a state that was home to some of the most brutal and violent struggles for civil rights, you’d think they would have figured out how to run an election by now. But nope! Once again, we find ourselves shaking our heads at yet another embarrassing display of incompetence.
Let’s set the scene: it’s election day in good ol’ Mississippi, and folks are lining up at their local polling places ready to cast their votes for governor. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong! Apparently not even something as straightforward as ensuring there are enough ballots on hand can be handled in this state.
We’ve got Otis Wells standing there with his family twiddling their thumbs while waiting for over an hour because someone forgot to restock the paper ballot supply at his precinct. I mean come on – who dropped the ball here? Literally!
And don’t get us started on Hannah Hoang – poor girl showed up just before closing time only to be turned away because poll workers couldn’t tell time or were too busy thinking about what they were going to eat for dinner after work.
You know things have really hit rock bottom when people start resorting to making copies of different types of paper ballots just so voters can actually vote. Is this amateur hour or is this amateur hour?
But wait – it gets better! Not content with running out of ballots once (or twice), some precincts decided that turning people away was just too easy – why not make them leave and then come back later? Because nothing says democracy like forcing people into a game of political musical chairs.
Now let’s talk about Circuit Clerk Zack Wallace who had one job – ONE JOB – which was apparently too much stress for him seeing as he ended up having a meltdown over toner cartridges and ink shortages like he was trying to print off his holiday snaps rather than critical voting material.
Of course, let’s not forget Secretary of State Michael Watson who informed us that everything from late openings to emergency balloting took place throughout Hinds County without batting an eyelid or taking any responsibility whatsoever.
So yeah… it looks like we’re back where we started; scratching our heads wondering how such basic errors continue happening in elections across America but especially in states like Mississippi where getting things right should really matter more given its history.
I guess when you’re dealing with politicians whose sole purpose is self-preservation rather than serving constituents’ needs effectively then these kinds mistakes will keep happening until someone finally grows a backbone takes charge around here!
All jokes aside though folks…this is serious stuff! When citizens can’t exercise their fundamental democratic rights due lackadaisical attitudes towards organization & administration from those charged overseeing fair elections then we’ve got big problems ahead if changes aren’t made soonest possible!