In what observers are calling the closest race in Vicksburg history, South Ward Alderman Willis Thompson is 7 votes behind challenger Alex Monsour.
With all 5 precincts reporting and tallied by 8:50 pm Monsour was leading by 8 votes in a historic close race. Thus, the absentee votes became critical to the outcome of the election. Absentee ballots are cast by registered voters who want to have their vote counted but are not able, or choose to not vote on election day.
At 9:42 pm the vote tally including absentee ballots had Monsour ahead by 7 votes. With 19 affidavit votes remaining a decision was made to address the validity of the affidavit votes and which to include in the total, in the morning. The process of validating those affidavit votes can, and usually does, take hours.
This is as close as it gets.
An affidavit vote is cast by someone who wants to have their vote counted but, for whatever reason, they are not on the voter roles where they wish to cast their vote. That could be for various reasons, for example voter roles are purged from time to time to clear names of people who haven’t voted in several cycles or who have moved and not updated their information.
The decision to include an affidavit vote is made by the local election board. Often times those decisions are challenged in court by candidates who are not happy with the outcome.
This race may very well end up the same way.
The election board will convene at 8 am to begin the process of validating and counting the affidavit votes.