Friday, March 4, 2016

Voting reforms pass House

Secretary of State Gigbert Hosemann issued the following press release.

Mississippi House of Representatives Pass Election Code Legislation

            Today, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed three (3) key pieces of Election Code Legislation.  “We are so pleased with the bipartisan vote,” says Secretary Hosemann.  “Today, Mississippi turned a one hundred and twenty-five (125) year old page in our history because we trust each other.”

H.B. 809 (sponsored by Rep. Bill Denny) allows for online voter registration.  This legislation allows any qualified Mississippi elector to register to vote or change their existing voter registration record through a secure website established by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. 

H.B. 796 (sponsored by Rep. Bill Denny) implements a pre-election day voting period which would begin fourteen (14) days before and continue until 12:00 p.m. on the Saturday immediately preceding Election Day.  Voting must take place in the Circuit Clerk’s Office where the elector is registered to vote.

H.B. 797 (sponsored by Rep. Bill Denny) includes technical updates to the Election Code including the implementation of a certified poll manager training program, the staggering of election commissioner’s terms and reduction in the number of paper ballots required to be printed and machines to be used.

“I was very pleased the election bills passed and in the manner in which they passed- with overwhelming votes and support,” says Rep. Bill Denny (R-Jackson). “The Secretary of State’s Office, the study group, and my committee have been working on this issue for over two (2) years.”  

“I think all three of the election bills that we passed today are a testament to what can occur when all parties brought to the table try to move our elections process forward,” says Rep. Toby Barker (R-Hattiesburg). “I appreciate the Secretary of State’s leadership on this issue and look forward to it being considered in the Senate.”
            “It took a lot of hard work from the election committee and bipartisan cooperation to get it done,” stated Rep. Willie Baily (D-Greenville).  “We took care of our homework before we brought it out.”

“Updating our outdated election laws is a huge step to ensure clean and fair elections in Mississippi,” says Rep. Cory Wilson (R-Madison).  “I am happy to support Secretary Hosemann and his team for the significant work in moving us forward.” 


Anonymous said...

Just curious to see what the readers think about earlier voting? One concern I have is what if a candidate drops out or something is revealed that could change your mind about voting for said candidate and you had cast your vote 2 weeks before the election. You don't get a do-over. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

A candidate could also drop out the day after the election.

Anonymous said...

Voting reform but no campaign financing reform. That would be like taking the slop away from the hogs.

Anonymous said...

NO. Campaign finance reform is needed. Dilberts so-called election reform doesn't solve any of the issues.

Early voting?? Absolutely not. Its main provision it would give would be definite advantage to incumbents.

Anonymous said...

someone ask the Head of the DOR if they are going to audit any of the public officials to determine if they have paid tax on the contributions used personally. Of course, we all know the answer, but would be nice to put them on the spot.

Anonymous said...

Early voting is a terrible idea. It's called "Election Day" for a reason. It's not Election Week, Election Fortnight or Election Month. Voting should take at least a modicum of thought, dedication and effort.

Anonymous said...

Dilbert wanted our primary on March 1. Under his early voting plan we would have started voting on February 16, between New Hampshire and South Carolina. How was that supposed to work when several major candidates dropped out in the meantime?

Anonymous said...

We have absentee voting now for a variety of legitimate reasons... Otherwise, if voting isn't important enough for you to show up on election day then we're all better off if you leave the decision making to people who care.

Here's My Photo ID said...

Oh, right. How about we allow folks to vote from a stool at Saltines in Fondren on designer-beer night. Or maybe from the balcony at Thalia Mara or, better yet, at Hal and Mals the night of the Green-Beer parade. Those options would ensure we got all the enlightened/thoughtful votes.

Or maybe during rallies at Jackson State or when Bill Clinton appears at Tougaloo, you know, after people are sufficiently stirred up. Or maybe even during a bass tournament when Rebel Flags are flying and emotions are high. Or the day after Robert Reichhhh appears at Millsaps and the liberal emotions are stoked.

An earlier post was correct; It's called 'election day' for a damned reason. Crawl your lazy ass out of bed and go vote. Or pretend you're just a commoner and stand in line for nine minutes instead of claiming you're too busy or lying and saying you'll be out of town.

Get with the program or drop the hell out!

Anonymous said...

Fact... The real fraud comes in the form of absentee voting.

Anonymous said...

Not only should there be no early voting, casting an absentee ballot should be much more difficult to do than is currently the case.

Anonymous said...

Dilbert's plans are so good the ACLU and Marty Wiseman have endorsed them!

Runaway Wheelchair said...

This is another Hoseman who ought to be peddling medical equipment.

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