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Early voting, online registration lose in voting bill

Most of the Senate’s changes are stricter rules for campaign finance reporting. However, other changes were made to correct outdated terminology and procedures. Two other related bills to election were also passed. All three went back to the House, and are likely to be in conference committees. Hosemann stated in a statement that the Mississippi Senate had taken another step to pass historic election code legislation through bipartisan cooperation. “This is the first time that such large-scale election or voting legislation has been passed with unanimous support in recent memory, truly remarkable.” said Senator David Blount (D-Jackson). Many changes were made to campaign finance rules. Candidates would be required to separately list funds that they have received from a credit card, or another online payment method. In its current form, the bill would prohibit legislators from soliciting campaign money during legislative sessions. However, Sen. Sally Doty (R-Brookhaven) said that this aspect could be modified in conference committee. Other important changes include shifting municipal elections from May through April, creating staggered terms to election commissioners, mandating polling places adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and requiring unopposed candidates to be listed on primary election votes. Doty was present during the debate and took questions. Senators also pressed Doty about the absence of the original bill’s early voting clause. This is allowed in 37 other states. Senator Bob Dearing (D-Natchez) offered Wednesday an amendment that would allow citizens to vote for up to 21 days before the election day. Doty claimed that early voting would place a financial burden upon county clerks. The amendment was defeated by voice vote. “You are saying that Mississippians want early voting, but we won’t let it because it’s more expensive?” asked Sen. David Jordan (D-Greenwood). “Why can’t you put more resources into something that is needed?” said Sen. David Jordan, D-Greenwood.