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Voter IDs issued to the public

Mississippi Voter ID cards are now being issued by Circuit Clerks across Mississippi. Mississippi Voter ID cards have been issued in approximately fifteen (15) counties. “We are pleased our Circuit Clerks were prepared to get an early start issuing free Mississippi Voter ID cards,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “This shows our outreach to educate Mississippians on the new ...

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Voters say yes to in-city liquor/wine sales

NEW ALBANY — Voters have approved the sale of liquor and wine within the New Albany city limits. Complete but unofficial returns show 57 percent of those voting approved the sale of liquor in Tuesday’s special election. State law allows county seats and towns of more than 5,000 people to vote separately from their surrounding counties on legalizing wine and ...

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WISEMAN: Barbour is right on Voting Rights Act

Here we go again. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is on stage once more. This time a case emanating from Shelby County, Ala., serves as the vehicle for challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This section requires that any change in any aspect of voting procedures of a jurisdiction must be approved by the ...

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Governor sets special election to fill Senate seat

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has scheduled a special election for Jan. 15 to fill a vacancy in the state Senate. The qualifying deadline for candidates for the Senate District 16 election is Dec. 17. If no candidate receives a majority of the votes, runoff is Feb. 5. The winner will complete the expired term of Sen. Bennie Turner, a ...

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Congressional incumbents and Romney win in Miss.

JACKSON — Two years after booting two incumbents from the U.S. House, Mississippi voters chose stability in 2012 by re-electing all four current congressmen and returning Republican Roger Wicker to the U.S. Senate. The state on Tuesday also delivered all six of its presidential electoral votes to Republican Mitt Romney, as expected. Mississippi has voted Republican in every presidential election ...

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Report criticizes Mississippi on its security at the voting booths

Mississippi is one of the three lowest-ranked states in a national report that evaluates two parts of the electoral system — voting machines used by people who cast their ballots in person and long-distance voting methods used by military people or other Americans living overseas. The report was issued this past week by the Rutgers Law School Constitutional Litigation Clinic ...

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Republicans: Seven elected officials to switch to GOP

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Republican Party says at least seven local elected officials are switching to the GOP. State party spokesman Brett Kittredge says in response to a question from The Associated Press that the officials are from Leake, Jones and Newton counties. Party chairman Joe Nosef will announce the names of the new Republicans during a news conference ...

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Appeals Court to hear lawsuits over drawing county district lines

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A federal appeals court has scheduled oral arguments for June 4 in lawsuits challenging the failure of 11 Mississippi counties to redraw supervisor district lines in time for the 2011 election. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in New Orleans. In March of 2011, local branches of the NAACP ...

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Gov. Bryant to sign voter ID legislation today

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant plans a ceremony today to sign a voter ID bill. The measure will become law only if it is approved by the U.S. Justice Department. Because of Mississippi’s history of racial discrimination, federal approval is required for any change in election laws or procedures. House Bill 921 would require each voter to show a ...

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Former MDOT executive director Brown wins mayoral runoff

NATCHEZ — Larry L. Brown has won the Democratic primary for Natchez mayor, defeating Phillip West by 541 votes in the runoff. Brown, former executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation, received 56 percent of the vote, or 2,696 votes in yesterday’s runoff election. West had 44 percent of the vote, or 2,155 votes. The Natchez Democrat reports Brown ...

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