Hosemann proposes updates for Mississippi election laws

January 20, 2016 in News

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann AP file photo

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann
AP file photo

JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is asking legislators to update Mississippi’s election laws, including allowing online voter registration.

Republican Hosemann unveiled his proposals Tuesday.

He wants to allow people to vote at county courthouses 21 days before any election. Current law allows limited reasons for voting early by absentee ballot, and Hosemann says some voters are being forced to lie about their plans to be out of town on election day.

He also wants to shorten the timeline — from 10 days to 48 hours — for political committees to report their spending. He also wants candidates to give itemized listings of campaign expenses paid by credit card.

Hosemann proposes moving Mississippi’s presidential primary to the same date as many other Southeastern states, starting in 2020.