Mississippi's new secretary of state addressed the state Association of Election Commissioners Wednesday in Philadelphia.
During his run for office, Hosemann advocated voter reform. He shared his plan to do that with the election commissioners.
"We've got problems. We've got dead people voting in Mississippi. We've got their signature. And so we've got really a problem in Mississippi that people don't believe in the integrity of the vote here," said Hosemann. "We have only one out of three eligible voters votes in Mississippi anymore. Thirty-nine percent voted in the last election for governor. So we've got an erosion of the voting in Mississippi of people actually going to the polls."
Hosemann said he would like to allow voters to vote in person at the registrar's office 15 days prior to an election, have re-registration to clean up the voter rolls, grant the secretary of state's office investigatory power over elections, regular training for election commissioners, increase poll manager and poll worker training, nursing home voting, curbside voting, more consistent training for circuit clerks, mandate removal of deceased candidates from the ballot up to 45 days from election day, voter ID, removal of felons from office, political party registration, stop third parties from requesting absentee ballots for voters, have all non-municipal runoffs within three weeks of the primary, and efficient resolution of election contests.
The annual convention is also part of the commissioners' ongoing certification process.