Absentee Voting Concerns

By: Mike McDaniel
By: Mike McDaniel

With less than three weeks to go before election day, members of the Mississippi democratic party say absentee ballots were not available early enough in many counties.

Party director Rickey Cole says that as of last week, about 20 counties in the state had not started mailing out ballots and many were late printing them.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says at last check all circuit clerks were voting absentee and there should be no concern.

"There are elderly and disabled people who under the law have a legal right to an absentee ballot," says Cole, "[they] may not get their absentee ballot in time to mark it and send it back in for it to be counted."

"When I checked on it on Monday, every single county is casting absentee ballots," says Hosemann, "so I doubt very seriously that there was a change between last Thursday or Friday and Monday."

State law requires that absentee ballots be available 45 days before the election.

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