Mississippi Legislative Session Resumes May 18

Mississippi Legislative Session Resumes May 18

Delbert Hoseman , Mississippi Lt. Governor

"(Hosemann) said there will be a focus on voting that was not present before the recess. He said laws might need to be amended to ensure the safety of people going to polls to vote if the coronavirus is still a factor during the general election in November.

“We need to pray it does not come back but prepare in case it does,” he said.

Hosemann said Senate Elections Chair Jennifer Branning, R-Philadelphia, and Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, have been looking at elections laws. Blount has a background in voting issues. Hosemann did not commit as to what changes might need to be made, but said everything from expanding early voting in case of emergencies to providing more protection at the polls will be considered.

“We want every (eligible person) to vote and we want them to be in a safe environment to do that,” he said.

Mississippi is one of a handful of states (less than 10) that do not have “no excuse” early voting or have not taken up measures to help ensure the safety of voters in November"



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