Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday that voter turnout was down 76,000 in the state for this year’s presidential election.
The raw vote declined from 1,285,584 in 2012 to 1,209,357 this year, Hosemann said. He said that the decrease was hard to peg to any one change.
“I looked at the counties and in some counties that are normally more Republican, you had less votes,” Hosemann said. “It’s hard to tell. There may have been more contested elections locally for example — a hotter House race or something like that.”…
…“The United States Justice Department sent out 500 different (election) observers across our country,” Hosemann said. “Twenty-eight states had observers in them but not Mississippi. Some of those states — Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut — you get my drift. Many of the other states that were also in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had observers in them but not Mississippi.”