Parties tardy on certification; but what does it mean?

This is strange. The Secretary of State's Office late Tuesday sent out a notice that the Democratic Party has missed the deadline of Aug. 12 to certify their election results from Aug. 2. According to the release, though, the GOP likewise missed the deadline, filing its certification on Aug. 15 (I'm not aware that any notice went out about Republicans being late ... hmmm)

But what does this mean? Absentee voting started Saturday.

The answer, just in, literally, from the SOS office as I've been writing this, is really nothing. Absentee votes already cast are valid. It would appear the counties just moved forward with their own ballots. And, the Democratic Party certified its results and got them in to the secretary of state, after the press release went out.

Below is the SOS press release:

Jackson, MS—As of 4:00 pm today (Tuesday, August 16, 2011) the State Democratic Party has failed to certify their election results with the Secretary of State’s Office. Our Agency has been in constant contact with the State Democratic Party requesting the information necessary to complete the ballot for the State Primary Election Run-off. Pursuant to Miss. Ann Code Section 23-15-599 (1), the certification was due August 12, 2011.

Before the Statewide Election Management System can provide ballots to county Circuit Clerks for distribution to the voter, both the Democratic and Republican parties must certify their results.

The Republican Party filed its certification on August 15, 2011.

In accordance with State law, absentee balloting began Saturday, August 13, 2011. Absentee balloting is being addressed by the counties individually. Individuals are asked to contact their local circuit clerk on absentee balloting procedures.