Chris McDaniel’s team has listed the vote of Mitch Tyner, one of McDaniel’s lawyers leading the state senator’s effort to fight the results of the runoff election he lost for U.S. Senate, as an irregular vote that should not be counted.
On Monday Tyner sent Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) campaign attorneys copies of additional affidavits that listed hundreds of votes the McDaniel team maintains were irregular or illegal votes.
But, as the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger pointed out, Tyner’s vote and the vote of Tyner’s wife, Sloane, were listed by a McDaniel volunteer as “CROSSOVER/IRREGULAR VOTING” in one of the affidavits.
McDaniel, since the runoff, has argued that Cochran only won the contest through illegal or “questionable votes.” His team is trying to prove that McDaniel was actually the candidate who received the most Republican votes, without irregular or illegal votes, and thus should be named the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate.
In response, McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch said that Tyner’s name being listed showed that a poll worker messed up when taking the necessary steps to prevent alleged voter fraud. In Mississippi poll workers are supposed exchange poll books at a certain point to make sure a voter does not vote in both the Democratic and Republican primaries.
“At some point, a poll worker crossed out nearly every voter’s name and indicated that they’d voted not on June 3 but on June 24,” Fritsch said in a statement to TPM. “This shows that the book was not switched. The fact that even the Republican votes were crossed out is further evidence the county did not properly institute the “swapping of the books” to obviate crossover voting.”
This post was updated.