Hosemann solicits final public comment on Voter ID regulations


With the dust settling from the Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the Secretary of State’s Office is focusing on the implementation of the voter identification.  Implementation regulations were proposed on December 12, 2012 for public comment. “I intend to make the Voter ID regulations final in the … Continue reading Hosemann solicits final public comment on Voter ID regulations

SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.


The U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the current enforcement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is one that is likely to stand without an answer from Congress for the foreseeable future. In Mississippi, it means that changes in election law or election procedures as simple as moving a polling place just … Continue reading SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.

Supreme Court ruling clears the way for Voter ID in Mississippi.


Mississippi voters could have to start showing photo identification at the polls by mid-2014. That's according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. He spoke Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain state and local governments no longer need federal approval to change election laws. Preclearance was required by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, … Continue reading Supreme Court ruling clears the way for Voter ID in Mississippi.

Ware Campaign files challenge to Hattiesburg Mayors race.


An election challenge has been filed contesting the results of the June 4 Hattiesburg municipal election in which Mayor Johnny DuPree defeated Dave Ware by 37 votes. The petition was filed in circuit court Monday afternoon by the Ware campaign. It alleges widespread voter irregularities and is asking a judge to throw out the results … Continue reading Ware Campaign files challenge to Hattiesburg Mayors race.

Secretary Hosemann says SCOTUS ruling on Arizona law not an issue with Mississippi Voter ID.


Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office on Monday said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down an Arizona law is not pertinent to Mississippi’s pending voter ID law. “Mississippi uses the federal form for voter registration developed by the (Election Assistance Commission) which does not require documentary proof of citizenship,” said Hosemann spokeswoman Pamela Weaver. … Continue reading Secretary Hosemann says SCOTUS ruling on Arizona law not an issue with Mississippi Voter ID.

Canton Democrat calls elderly woman “baboon’s ass” during vote counting, attempts to steal ballot boxes.


Editors Note: Yes, we only usually post stories with a statewide focus or appeal. But, I felt this one just had to be shared. A member of the Canton Democratic Municipal Executive Committee was arrested late Tuesday night in the Madison County courthouse when a disagreement about vote counting led to an altercation. Witnesses told … Continue reading Canton Democrat calls elderly woman “baboon’s ass” during vote counting, attempts to steal ballot boxes.

DOJ fishing for information on MS Voter ID.


The U.S. Department of Justice still is considering whether to preclear Mississippi’s voter identification requirement that was approved by voters in November 2011. Jan Schaefer, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood, said information requested by the Justice Department on March 21 “is being sought and will be submitted to DOJ as it is collected … Continue reading DOJ fishing for information on MS Voter ID.

Complaint alleges more registered to vote than eligible in Jeff Davis and Walthall counties.


A nonprofit group has sued the election commissions in Jefferson Davis and Walthall counties in federal court, claiming each county has more registered voters on the books than residents eligible to vote. The American Civil Rights Union filed both lawsuits in U.S. District Court late last month, asking the court to declare violation of the … Continue reading Complaint alleges more registered to vote than eligible in Jeff Davis and Walthall counties.

High number of absentee ballots has Sec. Hosemann watching municipal elections closely.


The Secretary of State’s Office will conduct a thorough review of absentee ballots cast in some cities in the upcoming Municipal Primary Election. This review comes on the heels of several complaints from municipal clerks, elected officials, and citizens regarding a high number of absentee ballots cast thus far in the primary. “A high number … Continue reading High number of absentee ballots has Sec. Hosemann watching municipal elections closely.

$695,000 approved by Senate for Sec. Of State budget to go towards Voter ID defense.


The Mississippi Senate approved $695,000 for the secretary of state to defend the state's new voter ID law. Funding for the secretary of state's office was rejected last week in a Senate vote, but several senators were absent from the chamber at the time. Thirteen senators voted against the Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's budget … Continue reading $695,000 approved by Senate for Sec. Of State budget to go towards Voter ID defense.