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Report on election performance ranks state last — again

WASHINGTON — Mississippi remains on the bottom of yet another national ranking. Between 2008 and 2012, state election performance overall improved by 4.4 percentage points, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts’ latest Elections Performance Index. The expanded index makes it possible for all 50 states and the District of Columbia to measure how well they […] [...]

Ex-alderman candidate sentenced for voter fraud

CANTON — A former candidate for alderman in Canton has been given a five-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to submitting a false voter registration application on behalf of a convicted felon. District Attorney Michael Guest says in a news release Cobby Williams allegedly was going door-to-door in March of 2013 and registering people to […] [...]

Candidates line up to become next Sandersville mayor

SANDERSVILLE — Three candidates have qualified to run in the April 8 special election for mayor of Sandersville in Jones County. The election was made necessary after the death of Mayor Jimmy Hill in February. Alderman Bob White has been acting mayor for the city. The winner will complete Hill’s term. The Chronicle reports the […] [...]

Hosemann reviews Hattiesburg mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — The Secretary of State’s Office has performed a review of all absentee ballot envelopes and applications in the Sept. 24, 2013, special election for Hattiesburg mayor. “This election was conducted on the municipal level and not by the Secretary of State’s Office,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Following the election, our agency […] [...]

Justice: State’s military, overseas voting law conflicts with UOCAVA

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has been notified by the U.S. Department of Justice that current state law conflicts with federal military and overseas voting laws. Recent changes to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) require states to send absentee ballots to military and overseas voters who request them at […] [...]

Voters to choose new Sandersville mayor following Hill’s death

SANDERSVILLE — Voters in the town of Sandersville will elect a new mayor April 8. The Chronicle reports the board of aldermen set the date this past week. The winner will succeed the late Jimmy Hill, who died Feb. 25. Hill had served as a public official in Sandersville for more than 30 years as […] [...]

Bipartisan bill would reinstate parts of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — Four states — Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Supporters said the […] [...]

Voters overwhelmingly approve new sales tax

JACKSON — City of Jackson voters have overwhelmingly approved a one percent sales tax in what city leaders hope will represent a turning point in their push to reverse decades of urban decay. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting yesterday evening, The Clarion-Ledger reports some 90 percent of voters had voted in favor of […] [...]

Lawmaker to push for online voter registration

JACKSON — State Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, is drawing up a bill for the 2014 Legislature to allow online voter registration. The Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday. Blount told The Clarion-Ledger that he doesn’t believe there will be widespread opposition because mail-in voter registration is allowed now. Also, he said the new […] [...]

Hosemann launches voter ID television ads

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top elections official is launching a publicity blitz to bring attention to the state’s voter identification law that’s scheduled to be used for the first time in June. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday that his office is airing two 30-second TV commercials — one that started Monday and one that […] [...]

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