GULFPORT -- Volunteers checking the books from Tuesday's Republican Senate runoff said they have found a few potential irregularities in the Harrison County vote.
Phil Harding, who described himself as a volunteer interested in ensuring the integrity of the election, said he and his fellow volunteer picked four precincts at random and made a records request for election books from them. He said it took the Circuit Clerk's Office about four hours to produce the records because employees had to remove sensitive information from them.
Under Mississippi law, public bodies can take up to 14 days to produce requested records.
Harding said the potential irregularities involved people who voted in the Democratic primary June 3 then cast ballots in the Republican runoff Tuesday. Only people who voted in the Republican primary or didn't vote at all were eligible to vote in the runoff.
Chris McDaniel lost the runoff to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran by more than 6,000 votes. McDaniel hopes to find enough illegal votes to nullify that result. Most of the effort is focused on Hinds County, where the Cochran campaign was most successful in getting Democrats to vote in the runoff.
"We just want to make sure we had a fair, free and transparent election," Harding said.