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Judge to rule in year-old Mississippi mayor election dispute

July 5, 2018

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A judge says he’ll rule this month on a year-old election dispute in a Mississippi college town.

Special Judge Barry Ford said during a hearing Monday that he’s nearing a decision in the contest by Democratic challenger Johnny Moore against Starkville Mayor Lynn Spruill.

Local news outlets report that Ford said he will hold a closed hearing on July 19 to examine some contested ballots and then rule the next day.

Spruill beat Moore by six votes in the Democratic primary runoff in May 2017 and went on to become mayor.

Moore’s lawyers have said the judge should count eight affidavit ballots that were not counted. Spruill’s lawyers have sought to have an additional absentee ballot counted.

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