Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is asking legislators to update Mississippi’s election laws, including allowing online voter registration and early voting at county courthouses. Republican Hosemann unveiled his proposals Tuesday. Voters will be able to change their addresses online as well. “That saves a lot of time and effort and a lot of mad people,” said Hosemann. “The process costs about 83 cents to do it by mail. This will cost us about 3 cents so there’s a big cost savings.” There won’t be online voting, nor voting at shopping centers and the like, which other states have tried. “I’m not going to do that because I can’t tell you it’s secure,” he said of online voting.
He wants to allow people to vote at county courthouses 21 days before any election. Current law allows limited reasons for voting early by absentee ballot, and Hosemann says some voters are being forced to lie about their plans to be out of town on election day.
Hosemann said legislation to change campaign laws would have momentum in Jackson because of the success of the voter ID law his office pushed. The laws came out of a task force that involved both parties, the courts, circuit clerks, the Attorney General’s Office and prosecutors.