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Proposed updates to election laws OK’d in Mississippi House

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 ...

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AP: Trump’s voter fraud expert registered in 3 states

A man who President Donald Trump has promoted as an authority on voter fraud was registered to vote in multiple states during the 2016 presidential election, the Associated Press has learned. Gregg Phillips, whose unsubstantiated claim that the election was marred by 3 million illegal votes was tweeted by the president, was listed on the rolls in Alabama, Texas and ...

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Chamberlin, Wilson win Mississippi judicial runoff elections

Runoffs on Tuesday decided one seat on the Mississippi Supreme Court, one on the state Court of Appeals and two in the state House of Representatives. Judicial candidates run without party labels. Because the legislative races are special elections, those candidates also run without party affiliation. ____ SUPREME COURT Circuit Judge Bobby Chamberlin of Hernando won a seat on the ...

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Who funds campaigns? Mississippi eases into searchable info

Mississippi is becoming the last state to allow electronic filing of campaign finance reports, a step toward easier public access to information about who is spending money to influence elections. The National Institute on Money in State Politics says all other states already had either mandatory or voluntary electronic filing of finance reports. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann launched ...

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Republican surge toward supermajority in Mississippi House

JACKSON — As election returns are finalized in the next few days, Republicans are within striking distance of a 74-vote supermajority in the state House. The GOP boosted their ranks to a solid 71 with three races remaining close early Wednesday, knocking off House Minority Leader Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto and Rep. Sherra Lane, D-Waynesboro. Rep. Bo Eaton, D-Taylorsville, teetered ...

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Most Miss. incumbents ahead of challengers in fundraising

JACKSON — Most of Mississippi’s statewide elected officials are raising and spending more campaign cash than their challengers, according to finance reports filed before a Wednesday deadline. Three Republican incumbents — Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann — each reported more than $1 million cash on hand through May 31, far outpacing their ...

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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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