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More than $1.15M in HAVA Money Requested, Approved in 24 Counties to Date

Twenty-four counties have requested and received approval to spend funds from the $4.5 million in federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) money allocated by the federal government for upgrades to voting machines and other elections improvements.  In total, more than $1.15 million has been requested and approved.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, in connection with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the federal oversight agency, announced the availability of the new HAVA funds in April 2018.  The State match for the $4.5 million grant was 5 percent, or $224,117, which was met through existing Secretary of State’s Office funds.

The State used part of the funds to continue efforts to update the Statewide Elections Management System’s (SEMS) software and hardware.  Approximately $4 million was divided among counties based on voting age population.

“We asked counties to think about their voting machines and facility needs at precincts, as well as their cybersecurity needs, to include ensuring every polling place is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Hosemann said.

HAVA funds allocated to counties must be spent by December 31, 2020.  After this date, money will be made available to counties on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The federal government requires the money be exhausted by March 22, 2023.

Local election officials — who run elections in Mississippi — have the authority to decide how best to employ money received.  They submit expenditures to the Secretary of State’s Office, which is reimbursing counties for approved expenses.  Expenditures are limited to items and activities which will improve elections, including the purchase of new voting machines or voting equipment, training for post-election procedures, cybersecurity audits, enhancement of a county’s network, and disability access at precincts.

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LAUREL LEADER CALL – McDaniel vs. Burroughs

Burroughs.jpgChris McDaniel and law partner Brett Robinson will defend the City of Laurel in a lawsuit that was filed in federal court by accused killer Greg Burroughs.

McDaniel, a three-term state senator who has run two high-profile campaigns for U.S. Senate, is with the law firm Hortman Harlow Bassi Robinson & McDaniel. He and Robinson will answer the complaint that was filed by Burroughs’ attorney Daniel M. Waide of Hattiesburg in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in Hattiesburg last month. D.D. Bassi, who is also a partner in the firm with McDaniel and Robinson, is the city attorney for Laurel.

“The city is employing some of the best legal minds in the city,” Laurel Mayor Johnny Magee said. “We will be very well-represented with their help.”…

…Waide claims that his client was the victim of “malicious prosecution, defamation, slander and false imprisonment” by the LPD during their investigation into the death of Burroughs’ girlfriend, 23-year-old Katherine Sinclair. Burroughs is seeking compensation for “loss of reputation” and “loss of enjoyment of life” as a result of the police department’s actions.

ICYMI – YP – Hood campaign releases poll from contracted pollster showing lead over Reeves

A recent poll commissioned by Democrat Jim Hood’s Campaign showed Hood over Republican Tate Reeves 45%-40%.

The poll was conducted by Hickman Analytics, a company often utilized by Democratic candidates. The poll consisted of live telephone interviews between May 5-9. The campaign said the poll was done among 605 likely general election voters and Democratic primary voters who could be reached by landline or cell phone.

The campaign declined to release crosstabs or any data surrounding poll questions.

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DAILY JOURNAL – Yoste has fundraising lead in Transportation Commission race

Trey Bowman.jpgIn the race to win the northern district’s seat on the state highway commission, Republican Geoffrey Yoste has a strong fundraising advantage.

According to campaign finance reports released last week, Yoste has raised about $105,000, a little more than $40,000 more than his nearest opponent.

Yoste is in a Republican primary with four declared opponents seeking a post on the Transportation Commission, which governs the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

Among those opponents, Trey Bowman reported a fundraising total of about $62,000, but he loaned his own campaign $25,000 of that reported total.

Jeremy Martin reported fundraising totals of about $50,000, but loaned himself $20,000 of that total.

John Caldwell raised about $32,000.