Posts Tagged ‘Voting’

Cochran reaches out to unions, blacks for runoff votes

WASHINGTON — Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to survive an intense tea party challenge in Mississippi by reaching out to union members and black voters — two groups that traditionally support Democrats. But he risks a backlash from conservatives ready to support his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Even as Cochran is running […] [...]

Hosemann: State no longer needs federal oversight of elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday that Mississippi’s first election requiring photo identification reinforces his belief that the state no longer needs federal oversight to handle elections and redistricting. The Republican released figures showing 513 Mississippians cast affidavit ballots June 3 because they lacked proper identification, with at least 177 returning […] [...]

Black voters turn out to support Cochran in primary

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Black Mississippians who may usually vote Democratic are trying to swing a primary victory toward six-term incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran by casting ballots in their state’s GOP primary. Their support in Tuesday’s election couldn’t get Cochran out of a June 24 runoff with tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel. But without […] [...]

Sticker shock? Each Cochran-McDaniel vote costs $40-plus

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The 2014 political spending spree continues, but it’s not exactly a bargain for investors. Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel attracted massive sums of campaign cash that could come to more than $40 per vote amid low primary turnout in the relatively small state. That’s […] [...]

Cochran-McDaniel, Taylor-Palazzo races too close to call

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 run-off after battling to a near-draw yesterday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 […] [...]

Voter ID to make debut during primary elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state of Mississippi tomorrow will use its new voter ID law for the first time, culminating a long political fight in a state with a troubled past of voting-rights suppression. People will be required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification at the polls during the Republican and […] [...]

Hood issues opinion on enforcement of voter ID

JACKSON — The Attorney General’s Office has issued an opinion to the Secretary of State’s Office regarding the enforcement of the voter ID requirement at the polls. State law says each person who votes at a polling place must identify himself or herself to an election manager by presenting current and valid photo ID before […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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