Report: Inflated Voters Rolls Problem in Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Sixteen of Mississippi's 82 counties have more registered voters than they have residents who are old enough to vote.

That's according to a new report from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. His office checked a statewide elections database for number of
registered voters in each county, then compared that to the 2010 Census figures for the 18-and-older population.

Of those sixteen counties, seven also had over 10% of absentee ballots cast in either the 2011 Primary or General Elections.

The biggest discrepancy is in Humphreys County, which has 9,243 registered voters but only 6,673 residents who are 18 or older.

Hosemann says the other counties with inflated voter rolls are Issaquena, Walthall, Sharkey, Jefferson Davis, Leflore, Claiborne, Madison, Noxubee, Leake, Jefferson, Amite, Smith, Kemper, Lawrence and Clarke.

"We are required by law to report on elections to the State Legislature, Governor, and public on Election Day issues," said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. "In many instances, our observers note the same Election Day issues, often in the same county. Where violations are found, our Agency refers those issues to the Attorney General and local District Attorneys."

The Associated Press reported in 2008 that 29 of Mississippi's 82 counties had more registered voters than residents.

Other issues outlined in the report include:

· Improper voter assistance;
· Campaigning at the polls;
· Improper signage at polling locations; and,
· High number of absentee ballots cast.

To review a copy of the 2012 Elections Report, click the link below.

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