On Thursday, Laura Van Overschelde, president of the Mississippi Tea Party, told Examiner.com in an exclusive interview that her organization has uncovered about 800 voting "discrepancies" in just one county so far. In Hinds County, she said, 800 instances of voters who participated in both the June 3 Democratic primary and the June 24 GOP runoff election were discovered after going through less than a third of of the entire voter list.
"We will resume reviewing the poll books tomorrow morning," she said. The county had 10,928 voters participating in the June 3 election, but that number grew to 17,927 on June 24.
Hinds County GOP Chairman Pete Perry, however, disagreed, and claims he knows that poll workers simply marked the wrong column in some precincts. That, he believes, could account for about 200 of the votes being cited by the Tea Party, as though 600 illegal votes are somehow better than 800.
"The poll workers marked the wrong column," he said. "We know there are errors that happened that day and the poll workers out there corrected it. And they're just trying to make up numbers to make it look a lot better than it is."
In Hinds County, poll workers used the Democratic primary books for the GOP runoff in an attempt to prevent crossover voters.
"It's the easiest way for a poll worker to be able to look and see," Perry said. "Instead of printing out a list that you've got to work from the list, when I look up your name I can look right there and tell if you voted in the Democratic primary."
But it seems the plan did not go as well as expected.
According to reports, Cochran relied on some 25,000 to 35,000 Democrats to win the GOP primary runoff, something that has many Mississippi conservatives fuming.
In addition to illegal crossover voting and flyers falsely claiming the Tea Party intended to keep blacks from voting, some have reported instances of volunteers, including a 16-year-old girl, being harassed by Cochran supporters.
According to a post by the Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft, the McDaniel campaign is targeting 10 counties where they believe they can overturn the election results.
Hoft said one county would only give the name of the buildings where voting took place, but not the actual address to McDaniel supporters.
"Many churches lined up in support of Cochran and told McDaniel supporters they could not hold signs on the property because they didn’t want to look biased," he added. "One church said McDaniel voters would have to leave because they were holding a funeral."
Van Overschelde told Examiner there are multiple Facebook posts of voters recounting "irregularities" she believes should be investigated.
"I am getting posts every few minutes," she said.
As far as Van Overschelde is concerned, both major parties are working diligently to stifle the voices of average Americans.
"People need to become interested in their local governmental bodies from neighborhood boards, to school boards, to city, then county government; State to National government," she said. "Never before now have I been more convinced that the individual has real clout when he is the citizen watchdog who holds their officials accountable."
And, she added, it is the citizen watchdogs who are making officials in Mississippi "very uncomfortable."
"At last," she concluded.