Bryant lets suffrage bills stand without signature

In his first term, Gov. Phil Bryant has allowed eight bills to become law without his signature. All have been suffrage bills….

…Since Bryant took office in January of 2012, 26 bills have been filed in the Legislature to restore voting rights. Eight have made it to Bryant’s desk. All eight became law without his signature.

Bryant spokeswoman Nicole Webb says Mississippi law “indicates forfeiture of participation in the electoral process for those convicted of serious crimes.”

“At times, the will of the Legislature is to override that established standard, and the governor chooses not to take an active role in that process,” Webb told The Associated Press in an email.