Legislation to bring Mississippi in line with a new federal election law died Thursday in a dispute over voter ID.
However, lawmakers said fears that $34 million in federal funds to update local voting systems were unfounded.
Lawmakers have approved $750,000 in matching funds for the federal dollars. The appropriations bill is pending before the governor.
Both sides swapped last minute proposals but could not reach agreement.
Conferees agreed on the nuts and bolts of implementing the new federal election law -- such as a centralized voter registration system, replacement of outdated punch card and lever voting machines, and improvements to voter education and poll-worker training. They could not compromise on any form of voter ID requirement.