JACKSON — Initial inquiries showing a high number of absentee ballots cast in certain counties across the state in the 2011 primary election have caused concern for the Secretary of State’s Office.
“Absentee balloting appears to be increasing in this state,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We have information dozens of ballots had been witnessed by the same person. The Mississippi Legislature has tasked the secretary of state with reporting on elections, and information on absentee ballots will be a part of that report.”
In the 2008 presidential election, the average percentage of absentee ballots cast, as reported by the counties to the Statewide Election Management System, was 2 percent. In the 2011 primary election, the average was 6 percent.