Election Reform Bill, Including Early Voting, Passes Mississippi House

Mississippi is one step closer to election reform after the House passed the http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2016/PDF/history/HB/HB0797.xml">283-page election code bill this morning. The bill is the product of a committee formed by the secretary of state last year, which included lawmakers, circuit clerks and election commissioners from around the state. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2016/feb/03/election-law-reform-may-actually-happen/">told the Stennis Capitol Press Forum in February that the reform is "well worth our efforts, and all of these changes are big parts of an interwoven election code that should be passed."

A similar election reform bill is still on the Senate calendar, but it would have to pass today to stay alive. The deadline for original action on either chamber floor for general bills is today. For bills that have been held on a motion to reconsider, the deadline is tomorrow.

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