Speaking to members of the Rotary Club in Meridian, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann addressed a number of issues.Needless to say, municipal elections were at the forefront, including a disappointing low voter turnout in primaries.
"In some of our cities, it was below 40%," said Hosemann. "In some of our cities, we saw 20% to 30% turnout and that's very low. Typically it should be more than that."
Hosemann also answered some questions that have emerged in regard to recent elections. First to be discussed was the swift scheduling of the special election for House District 82, left vacant by the death of Charles Young, Sr.
"As you know, the state has not agreed on a budget yet and Meridian needed to be represented in the budget negotiations like everybody else does," said Hosemann. "So, I encouraged it and I think it was a good idea to call the election quickly."
Hosemann also talked about residency concerns that have been brought up in Meridian campaigns about candidates voting in municipalities other than where they reside.
"These are decisions, the criteria is made by the county election commission," said Hosemann. "So you could conceivably have multiple homes, or two houses, and still be qualified to vote in an election."
Hosemann answered the question about whether or not a person can hold two political offices at the same time. His answer? Yes.
"In fact, we have that now. Sen. David Jordan is a member of the Mississippi Senate and he's also a city councilman in Greenwood," said Hosemann. "So, the attorney general has ruled that you can be a city council member and a member of the House and Senate."
With general municipal elections and a special election set for Lauderdale County in June, Hosemann is encouraging all registered voters to go to the polls.
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