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Jackson, MS— “Today the Mississippi Senate took another step in passing historic election code legislation with bipartisan cooperation,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Not in recent memory has any such massive election or voting legislation passed with unanimous support, truly remarkable.”
H.B. 797: Proposes technical updates to the Election Code but also includes some substantive revisions such as disclosure on credit cards, 48-hour filing requirements for campaign mailers, the implementation of a certified poll manager training program, and reduction in the number of paper ballots required to be printed and machines to be used.
H.B. 809: Allows any qualified Mississippi elector to change their existing voter registration record through a secure website established by the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office.
H.B. 866: Currently, the Election Code contains sections related to criminal penalties for various violations of State election laws. This bill proposes to revise and strengthen these sections in Title 97 of the Mississippi Code along with other criminal provisions.
“I would personally like to thank Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, Chairman Sally Doty, Vice-Chairman David Blount, and the members of the Mississippi Senate for their support and vote,” says Secretary Hosemann.
“The updates to our Election Code are necessary to modernize our laws and protect one of our most basic rights,” says Sen. Sally Doty (R- Brookhaven). “I am proud of my committee for their work on these bills and Lt. Governor Tate Reeves for his leadership.”
“These bills make needed improvements to our campaign finance and election laws,” says Sen. David Blount (D- Jackson). “I hope we can pass strong legislation this session.”