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Analysis: Mississippi could erase multistep election system

Mississippi voters might get a chance to purge a Jim Crow-era provision from the state constitution and simplify the process of electing the governor and other statewide officials. Legislators are close to agreeing on House Concurrent Resolution 47. It would put a proposal on the ballot this November, letting people decide whether to erase an Electoral College-type provision from the ...

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LYNN EVANS — Mississippians want a mail-in voting option in November

Mississippians love to elect their public officials. We elect not just the governor and his cabinet, but a long list of local officials including judges, constables and coroners. Mississippi also has a long and troubled history of preventing people from voting, especially African Americans. Mississippians like Medgar Evers, Vernon Dahmer, and James Chaney were killed simply for advocating that every ...

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Voting suit challenges Mississippi law on citizenship proof

A new federal lawsuit challenges a Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi that requires naturalized U.S. citizens to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. A Mississippi law enacted in 1924 requires naturalized citizens to show a certificate of naturalization or another similar document that proves citizenship when ...

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Watson: Mississippi should change multipart election system

Mississippi’s incoming secretary of state says he will work to change a Jim Crow-era election system that requires multiple steps for statewide races. “I’m definitely supportive of moving away from the current system,” Republican Michael Watson told the Clarion Ledger on Tuesday. Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to win a majority of both the popular vote and the 122 state ...

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US judge not blocking multistep Mississippi election system

A federal judge has ruled that he will not immediately block Mississippi’s unique, multistep process for electing a governor and other statewide officials. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III said he would not issue a preliminary injunction to prevent the system from being used in Tuesday’s elections. Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to ...

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Billboards showed wrong election date for Mississippi

Some billboard messages have been removed in Mississippi because they urged people to vote on the wrong election date. WAPT-TV reports that the billboards in Jackson said the election is Nov. 16. The correct date for Mississippi is Nov. 5. Kamari Guthrie is spokeswoman for a nonprofit, nonpartisan group called vote.org. She says the organization ordered the vinyl covers for billboards, ...

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Mississippi’s voter registration deadline is Monday

Mississippi residents who want to help choose a governor are facing a voter registration deadline. The secretary of state’s office says Monday is the last day people can register in person. Circuit clerks’ offices are required to be open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday. They will also be open until 5 p.m. Monday. Registration forms that are mailed must ...

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Mississippi runoff in-person absentee voting ends Saturday

Saturday is the deadline for people to cast in-person absentee ballots for Mississippi runoff elections. Circuit clerks’ offices are scheduled to be open 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. People mailing back their absentee ballots must have the envelope postmarked by 5 p.m. Monday, the day before the runoffs. Republicans have runoffs for governor, attorney general and northern district transportation commissioner. ...

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Canton alderman pleads guilty, resigns in election scandal

An alderman in a Mississippi city has pleaded guilty in a voter fraud case. Court officials tell WAPT-TV that Canton alderman Andrew Grant pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit voter fraud. He was sentenced to five years in prison, which the judge suspended. Grant resigned as Canton’s Ward 7 alderman immediately after the sentencing. Grant is one of five ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Hospitals closing and healthcare for working poor becoming campaign issues

“Half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals at risk of closing, report says,” read the startling headline in Mississippi Today. “Thirty-one of Mississippi’s 64 rural hospitals, or 48 percent, are at ‘high financial risk,’ according to a national report of rural hospitals from independent consulting firm Navigant,” read the article. Perhaps even more startling was this from an article in News Mississippi: ...

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