Mississippi voting issues

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Election and registration information

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election Mississippi used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines without a paper trail:

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:

Governmental election authorities

Linda Dixon Rigsby, Assistant Secretary of State for Elections

Elections division website: http://www.sos.state.ms.us/elections/elections.asp

Contact information:

  • Located on the First Floor of the Heber Ladner Building
  • 401 Mississippi Street
  • Jackson, Mississippi 39201
  • Elections Hotline: 800-829-6786
  • Elections Call center: 601-576-2550 Fax: 601-359-5019

Election threats

  • For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.[1]

Felon voting rights

Quoting from an October, 2008 report[2] on "de facto disenfranchisement" (summary)(download PDF) co-published by the Brennan Center for Justice and the ACLU:

"Mississippi law bars individuals convicted of certain crimes from registering to vote unless the governor pardons them or a two-thirds majority of the legislature passes a bill restoring that individual’s right to vote. The Mississippi Constitution lists ten specific crimes that result in disenfranchisement, but the Attorney General expanded that list to include 11 additional crimes. Interviews conducted in 2005 revealed that about half of all Mississippi counties were using the list set forth in the Constitution, while the other half relied on the Attorney General’s expanded list."

"In Mississippi, a person does not lose the right to vote if convicted in another state or

in federal court. However, interviews in 2005 revealed that only a third of the officials interviewed knew the law regarding federal convictions, and only half knew this was also

true for out-of-state convictions."

Main article: Felon disenfranchisement

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of Mississippi, Fran Leber, President

  • P.O. Box 55505
  • Jackson, MS 39296-5505
  • Phone: 601-352-4616
  • E-mail: MSLeaguePresident@aol.com
  • http://www.lwv-ms.org

Local Leagues:

Articles and resources

See also


  1. See the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log.
  2. Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.

External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

Voting requirements

Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

  • See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.


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Voting machines

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