Early Voting Under Study

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

With the presidential election just weeks away, claims of voter fraud are spreading across the country. According to Republican state senator, Terry Burton of Newton, Mississippi has its share of voting problems.

"There are ballots being counted that shouldn't be and some that shouldn't be that are," said Burton.

Burton is chairman of the Senate Elections Committee. He said he feels confident that during every election our results are affected by voter fraud and mass confusion on part of voters and those handling the elections.

"With absentee ballots, they are moved from place to place," said Burton. "They go to the poll in the box and then they are taken out there and taken to the circuit clerk's office.

But security is the very issue those who oppose early electronic voting also mention.

"We just have to be smart about it and come up with something that will work," said Burton.

Burton admits there is plenty of work left to be done on the legislation, but he feels confident it will be introduced.

"I know you will see one introduced, and I think you will see it passed, certainly on the Senate side," said Burton. "And I think the House will follow suit. if we can put this to law in '09 and make it effect in 2011."

Absentee voting would still be practiced in certain situations, including military personnel unable to cast an electronic vote. Among the other states that allow early voting are Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Would you like for Mississippi to have early voting on electronic machines rather than paper absentee ballots?

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