- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Latest on arguments over a Mississippi election dispute (all times local):

1 p.m.

A judge is considering whether to dismiss a lawsuit over a 2015 Mississippi election that went to a drawing of straws.

Attorneys argued Friday before U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves.

John Corlew represents voters who filed suit. He says legislators violated their constitutional right of equal protection by tossing out ballots that local officials had ruled were properly cast.

Michael Wallace, representing legislators, says there was no systematic denial of rights.

The lawsuit demands that Democratic former Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville be seated in place of Republican Rep. Mark Tullos of Raleigh.

The election in Smith and Jasper counties was certified a tie, and Eaton won by drawing straws. But the Republican-led House tossed out five provisional ballots and declared Tullos the winner, giving Republicans a supermajority.

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4:01 a.m.

A federal judge hears arguments Friday over whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a 2015 Mississippi election that went to a drawing of straws.

Voters who filed suit are demanding that Democratic former Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville be seated in place of Republican Rep. Mark Tullos of Raleigh.

The election in Smith and Jasper counties was certified a tie, and Eaton won a tiebreaker in a drawing of straws.

But, in January, the Republican-led House tossed five provisional ballots for Eaton.

Split mostly along party lines, the House voted 67-49 to declare Tullos the winner. That gave Republicans a three-fifths supermajority that allows them to pass tax and bond bills without help from Democrats.

Voters who filed suit say the House action broke the federal guarantee of equal protection.

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