Lawmakers Call for Early Electronic Voting

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Top lawmakers say problems with absentee ballot envelopes in some counties point up the need for changes in Mississippi election laws.

Rep. Tommy Reynolds and Sen. Terry Burton are chairmen of the election committees in the Legislature.

They say they're ready to consider bills next year to create a full-fledged system of early voting, where people could go to a circuit clerk's office before election day and cast a ballot on a machine.

Mississippi absentee voting is done with paper ballots, either in person or through the mail. In some counties, extra postage is required this year because the envelopes are larger than they've been in the past.

Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee are among the states that allow early voting on machines.

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