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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  • by Pat Location: Chunky on Oct 20, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    It must take alot of time to go to the graveyards to find the voters.
  • by Voter ID a must on Oct 19, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    There should be no reason whatsoever for a ballot to be mailed. The farthest a person has to drive to a polling place is a few miles. Disabled people have driven or been driven to the courthouse to vote absentee. There is no guarantee that a ballot being mailed is a person or that the person who lived there hasn't died. This is the reason for the voter ID initiative & a step toward the end of voter fraud. It has nothing to do with suppressing the vote. It has everything to do with keeping the voting system in the hands of the voting electorate, not in the hands of those who want the edge in stacking the votes as it has in the past. Everybody that is eligible to vote has the right to vote, but it is dishonest to sign bogus cards & petitions & make IDs with bogus birth certificates in bogus ID places. This has been happening for years. It's about time the initiative is enacted, there should be no resistance because it is for the protection of everyone! STOP the FRAUD!
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