Proposals to update some Mississippi election laws are advancing in the Legislature.
The House passed two bills Tuesday, sending them to the Senate.
House Bill 373 would authorize online, first-time voter registration for people with a valid Mississippi driver’s license.
House Bill 1054 would create a group to study a system to restore voting rights for people convicted of nonviolent felonies such as forgery or receiving stolen property.
Under current law, an ex-convict must ask a legislator to sponsor a bill to restore his or her voting rights, and it must be approved by a two-thirds vote of the House and Senate. Only a few of the bills are filed each year. The study group would make recommendations for lawmakers to consider in 2018.