A state senator wants to allow online voter registration and believes there will be bipartisan support for the legislation. Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, said he is crafting a bill for the 2014 Legislature, which begins Tuesday, to allow online voter registration. Blount said he doesn’t believe there will be widespread opposition because mail-in voter registration is allowed now. Also, he said the new law requiring people to show a photo ID to vote should allay any concerns over online registration. But Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s spokeswoman Pamela Weaver said Hosemann has serious concerns regarding the security of online voter registration.
Voter ID will begin with the June 3 congressional primaries. People who don’t have acceptable photo identification after Jan. 1 can go to circuit clerk offices throughout the state to have a free photo ID made.
State Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef said he doesn’t know the details of Blount’s proposal, “so I can’t comment other than saying I believe our main concern would be online security.