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Mississippi Voters Threatened by Illegal Purge, if New Bill Passes Legislature PDF  | Print |  Email
Mississippi
By Project Vote   
February 26, 2008
Senate Bill 2910 Would Force Nonvoters to Reregister in Violation of Federal Voting Rights Law

A new bill working its way through the Mississippi State Legislature threatens the hard-won voting rights of elderly, minority, and disabled voters throughout the state. Senate Bill 2910 was proposed as an election reform cure-all, but one of its provisions would likely result in thousands of voters being purged from the voting rolls in violation of federal law.

Filed by State Senator Terry C. Burton and supported by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, SB 2910 would cancel the registration of any voter if he or she did not “appear to vote” in a single election between Nov. 3, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2009. Purged voters would then have to reregister before they could vote in subsequent elections. If signed into law, the bill would take effect in January 2009.

In a letter to Senator Burton and copied to Secretary of State Hosemann, the national voting rights organization Project Vote notified Burton that the bill violates the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA explicitly prohibits states from removing any voter from the rolls as a consequence of failing to vote.
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Mississippi: Poll Workers Struggle With New Voting Machines PDF  | Print |  Email
Mississippi
By Brad Kessie, WLOX   
November 07, 2006
First Few Hours of Voting Called "Chaos" 

 

Voting Equipment: Diebold TSx touchscreen voting machines
        
Many of the mistakes reported at polling places had to do with the new electronic voting machines purchased by the Secretary of State's office. When poll workers struggled setting them up Tuesday morning, and then several of the machines stopped working, the early part of the election became a hassle for everybody.

About 350 electronic voting machines were sent to 66 Harrison County voting precincts. And every time one of the machines broke down, Connie Ladner's cellphone rang. "Do you think you need it?" she asked one caller. When the answer from that precinct was yes, she said, "I'll get somebody to bring it out."

This first general election with the new technology was anything but smooth. Harrison County Election Commissioner dashed from precinct to precinct to deal with the voting problems.

"It's a new program, a new system," she said when asked about the Diebold voting machines. "And we knew we were going to have some problems with it."

 

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Mississippi: Ballots to Have Paper Trail PDF  | Print |  Email
Mississippi
By Chris Joyner, Clarion-Ledger   
August 10, 2005
This article was originally posted in the Clarion Journal. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

New Voting Machines Will Come With Printers, Clark Says


Mississippi's new touchscreen voting machines will come equipped with a paper trail, Secretary of State Eric Clark announced Wednesday.

In a statement, Clark said he had brokered a deal with Diebold Election Systems to purchase paper printers for each of the 5,164 touchscreen ballot machines the state plans to buy from the Ohio-based manufacturer.

"All Mississippians must have confidence that their votes are accurately counted," Clark said.

"These printers will give voters an additional level of comfort as they use the new, more accurate touchscreen machines."

Last month, Diebold inked a $22.5 million contract with the state to provide the machines as part of the state's effort to comply with the Help America Vote Act, a massive voter reform bill passed in the wake of the disputed 2000 presidential election. The Diebold machines have drawn criticism in some quarters for not providing "a paper trail" — that is, a paper record of a voter's choice to compare with the electronic version.
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