New Law Could Shorten Voting Delays

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's top elections official says a new law could mean shorter lines at polling places during Tuesday's primaries for governor, county supervisors and other contests.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the law, enacted this
year, requires at least 75 percent of voting machines to be used in each election.

During the 2010 congressional elections, some counties put out fewer machines, and voters in several precincts encountered long lines.

Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday as Mississippi holds
Democratic and Republican primaries for statewide, regional,
legislative and county offices.

Democrats' only statewide contested primary is for governor.
Republicans have contested statewide primaries for governor,
lieutenant governor, treasurer, agriculture commissioner and
secretary of state.

Runoffs, if necessary, will be Aug. 23. The general election is
Nov. 8.

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