A complete streamlining of the state’s election laws by Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has won praise from conservatives and progressives alike, who argue the changes are long overdue.
For one, he has embarked on a bipartisan effort aimed at comprehensive election reform.
Hosemann is pressing state lawmakers to approve the changes, which, among other things, penalizes purveyors of last-minute attack/or ambush-type political advertising and operatives who fail to properly register with the state.
Additionally, the sweeping changes in election laws makes most voting crimes a misdemeanor or a felony, with the possibility of stiff fines for those convicted of violations.
“We want to prosecute people who are cheating in elections,” Hosemann said.
Also for the first time, Mississippi would allow “early voting,” or a 21-day voting period for citizens to cast their ballots before election day.
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