Election Reform Being Considered

By: Chris Brennaman Email
By: Chris Brennaman Email

The Mississippi Senate is beginning to look into the election process in the state and whether or not changes need to be made.

An organizational meeting was held Monday for the Senate Elections Committee.

Sen. Terry Burton is a member of the committee and says one change that his constituents are asking for is open primaries.

"I heard everywhere that I went during the campaign that people want open primaries," said Burton, who represents District 31. "They want to be able to vote for the person, not the party. I have introduced, and plan to take up, an open primary bill similar to what is done in Louisiana, where everyone is on the ballot and the top two run it off, regardless of party."

The committee is also deliberating legislation including voter identification, and early or no-excuse voting.

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