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Senate kills online registration, early in-person voting

Mississippians won’t be able to initially register to vote online or vote early at courthouses after Senate committees killed bills that would have allowed those changes. House Elections Committee Chairman Bill Denny, R-Jackson, said he’s upset that Senate Elections Committee Chairwoman Sally Doty, R- Brookhaven, rejected the bills without seriously considering them. “We knew that they were dead even before ...

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Bills would ease early voting and online voter registration

Proposals to expand access to early voting and to create online registration for first-time voters are advancing at the Mississippi Capitol. So is a plan that could eventually simplify the process of restoring voting rights for people who served time for nonviolent felonies. All three bills passed the House Elections Committee on Monday and move to the full House for ...

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U.S. appeals court finds that Texas voter ID law is discriminatory; law similar to Mississippi’s

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a Texas law requiring voters to show a government-issued form of photo identification before casting a ballot is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit also sent the case back to a district court to examine claims by the plaintiffs that the ...

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Analysis: Early voting could make you a liar in Mississippi

Mississippi lawmakers this year rejected a proposal to stop making liars of their fellow citizens, at least when it comes to early voting. Current state law allows any registered voter who is disabled or at least 65 years old to cast an absentee ballot before election day. Anyone else needs an excuse, such as being out of town on election ...

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Judicial panel rules campaign finance law is constitutional

OXFORD — A federal appeals panel has upheld the constitutionality of a Mississippi campaign finance law that requires reporting by people or groups that spend at least $200 to support or oppose a ballot initiative. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans reversed a 2013 decision by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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Voters pull hammer for incumbents, hunting and fishing

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Voters yesterday re-elected Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and all four incumbent congressmen. Cochran, 76, said he intends to serve the entire six-year term. With Republicans taking over the Senate, he could become a committee chairman. He is a former Appropriations chairman, and has steered billions of dollars to the state for hurricane recovery, university research and other ...

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Senate race overshadows elections for all House seats

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — In addition to a U.S. Senate race, all four of Mississippi’s U.S. House seats are on the ballot tomorrow. In the northern 1st District, Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee is challenged by Democrat Ron Dickey, Libertarian Danny Bedwell and the Reform Party’s Lajena Walley. In the 2nd District, which includes the rural Delta counties and most of the ...

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No debate, but Cochran and Childers lobby for votes for Senate

JACKSON — Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran told Mississippi business leaders yesterday that he will be in line for a committee chairmanship if Republicans regain control of the Senate. Speaking at a state chamber of commerce event in Jackson, Cochran stopped short of saying he would chair the Senate Appropriations Committee, a powerful spending panel he once led and of which ...

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Voters in Fulton say yes to in-city beer, liquor sales

FULTON — City of Fulton voters have approved the sale of beer and liquor inside the city limits. Aldermen will now have to set guidelines and regulations for the alcohol sales to determine when and where it can be sold. Yesterday, voters in Fulton had to decide whether to legalize the sale of beer and light wine. Complete, but unofficial, ...

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Number of requests for general election absentee ballots roughly same as primary

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The deadline to cast an absentee ballot in person at the Circuit Clerk’s Office is Saturday, Nov. 1. “The Statewide Election Management System indicates roughly the same number of absentee ballots have been requested for the general election as the primary election,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Typically, absentee ballots are a good indicator of voter ...

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