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Justice: State's military, overseas voting law conflicts with UOCAVA

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has been notified by the U.S. Department of Justice that current state law conflicts with federal military and overseas voting laws. Recent changes to the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) require states to send absentee ballots to military and overseas voters who request them at least 45 days before an ...

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Bipartisan bill would reinstate parts of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — Four states — Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas — would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before making any changes in the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Supporters said the bill would modernize and improve ...

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Voters overwhelmingly approve new sales tax

JACKSON — City of Jackson voters have overwhelmingly approved a one percent sales tax in what city leaders hope will represent a turning point in their push to reverse decades of urban decay. With 97 percent of the precincts reporting yesterday evening, The Clarion-Ledger reports some 90 percent of voters had voted in favor of the tax. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba ...

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Lawmaker to push for online voter registration

JACKSON — State Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, is drawing up a bill for the 2014 Legislature to allow online voter registration. The Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday. Blount told The Clarion-Ledger that he doesn’t believe there will be widespread opposition because mail-in voter registration is allowed now. Also, he said the new law requiring people to show ...

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Hosemann launches voter ID television ads

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top elections official is launching a publicity blitz to bring attention to the state’s voter identification law that’s scheduled to be used for the first time in June. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday that his office is airing two 30-second TV commercials — one that started Monday and one that starts in January. Hosemann said ...

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Pickering to run for Senate if Cochran decides against reelection

Add State Auditor Stacey Pickering to the list of potential candidates for the U.S. Senate if Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) decides not to seek reelection in 2014. Cochran has held the seat since 1978 and has said he’ll decide by the end of this month whether to seek another six-year term. However, a Cochran spokesman said the senator hasn’t specified ...

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Hosemann pushing for voter ID cards to be issued early

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top elections official says the state should start issuing free voter identification cards in early 2014, months before the first election in which people will be required to show photo IDs at the polls. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the cards will be available to any voter who lacks a government-issued photo ID. People who already ...

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Hosemann eyeing absentee ballots from controversial mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is examining absentee ballots from Hattiesburg’s recent special election. The review will not change the outcome of the election. Incumbent Democrat Johnny DuPree won a fourth term by 202 votes over challenger Dave Ware, after the initial vote was thrown out by Forrest County Circuit Judge William Coleman. Hosemann has requested that copies ...

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After three years, voters finally to weigh in on sales tax

JACKSON — A local option sales tax that has sat on the books for three years finally will be offered to Jackson voters. The Clarion-Ledger reports the Jackson City Council yesterday voted to raise sales taxes one cent on every dollar, on the condition that voters approve in a referendum the higher rate By law, the proceeds all would be ...

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