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Hosemann: State's absentee ballots on the rise

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI  — Absentee balloting is on the rise in Mississippi, as indicated by an analysis by the Secretary of State’s Office of absentee ballot numbers since the 2007 Statewide General Election. “What we are seeing is the use of absentee balloting as a form of early voting,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  “The number of absentee ballots cast ...

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Judges to hear redistricting arguments tomorrow

JACKSON — Three federal judges will hear arguments Tuesday to determine whether they should redraw Mississippi’s four congressional districts or leave the job up to legislators. The 2012 legislative session begins Jan. 3 — only 10 days before the congressional candidates’ qualifying deadline for the March 13 primaries. The four U.S. House districts must be adjusted to reflect population changes ...

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Hosemann asks for input from opponents of Voter ID

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said he wants to include opponents of voter identification as state officials work to implement Initiative 27, the state constitutional amendment passed last week calling for Mississippians to present photo identification before voting. “My goals would not be to have people on the sidelines of the field waiting for someone to fumble the ...

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Republicans win big, 'personhood' defeated

Attorney General Jim Hood is now the only Democrat holding statewide office as Republicans nearly ran the table in yesterday’s elections. Voters also voted down Initiative 26 (“Personhood”), and voted for voter ID and eminent domain restriction. As of 4:48 a.m., here was The Associated Press’ wrap-up of those elections: • Governor (1,815 of 1,876 precincts — 97 percent) — ...

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Hosemann scrutinizing number of absentee ballots

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — After the 2011 August primary, the Secretary of State’s Office says it noted an unusually high number of absentee ballots cast in the election. “Absentee balloting seems to be increasing in Mississippi,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Examining the number of absentee ballots cast in the state, and the reasons in which those votes were cast ...

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Barbour votes for 'personhood' initiative after all

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday he voted after all for a state ballot initiative that would declare life begins at fertilization. The Republican said he voted by absentee ballot yesterday because he won’t be in his hometown for Tuesday’s election. >> RELATED STORY: MBJ EDITORIAL — Gov. Barbour shows leadership on Initiative 26 >> RELATED STORY: Personhood ...

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Secretary of State adds cost of initiatives to ballot

JACKSON — Key information involving three initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot was not included so a reprint has been ordered, the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office said yesterday. Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, said Attorney General Jim Hood contacted their office last week saying he believed the “fiscal analysis” — the cost to taxpayers for ...

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NFIB chapter files eminent domain brief with Supreme Court

JACKSON — The state office of the National Federation of Independent Business says the state Supreme Court has accepted its “friend-of-the-court” brief opposing an attempt by the head of the Mississippi Development Authority, in his individual capacity, to derail a vote on a proposed state constitutional amendment on eminent domain reform. Hinds Circuit Court Judge Winston Kidd recently dismissed Leland ...

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GOP, Democrats miss certification deadline

JACKSON — A spokeswoman for Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says Mississippi primary runoffs will take place Aug. 23 as scheduled. Hosemann’s office issued a news release late yesterday afternoon saying the state Democratic Party had failed to certify its results from the Aug. 2 primaries. A short time later, the Democratic Party filed the certified numbers. The secretary ...

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Supreme Court sets deadline for eminent domain briefs

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has given attorneys until Aug. 12 to file briefs in a challenge to an eminent-domain ballot initiative. The court has not scheduled oral arguments in the case. Jackson businessman Leland Speed appealed a decision by a Hinds County judge that the initiative to restrict eminent domain can go on the Nov. 8 ballot in ...

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