House would allow online voter registration, early voting

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – 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. Comparable Senate legislation died when the body didn’t take it up Thursday before a deadline.

One bill would allow voters to register or change their information online, instead of requiring them to send in a postcard or appear in person.

A second bill 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.