Mississippi voters could register online and vote in person ahead of elections under a bill moving forward in the Legislature. House members voted Thursday to pass three bills that would rewrite Mississippi’s election laws, a proposal pushed by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. The package moves to the Senate for more work. Similar Senate legislation died when the body didn’t take it up Thursday before a deadline for action.
House Bill 809 would allow voters to register or change their information online, instead of requiring them to send in a postcard or appear in person. People can already register to vote online in more than half the states.
House Bill 796 would allow voters to cast ballots during a 14-day period before any election at their county circuit clerk’s office. Now, voters must offer a reason allowed under the state’s absentee law to vote early. Voters could still mail in absentee ballots for other reasons, including those who are older than 65, disabled, in the military or temporarily living outside the country.