Hosemann see legislation needs after Nov. 4 election

Days before the Nov. 4 election, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was asked to appear on CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” to talk about how 29 Mississippi counties have more registered voters than voting-age people, based on the 2000 Census.

The first-term secretary of state declined, passing over a chance to appear on national television.

“Mississippi needed to have a positive image going into the election and people needed to have confidence … that their vote counted,” the Republican Hosemann said in a recent interview.

Hosemann might not have wanted to talk about the apparently inflated voter rolls then, but now that the election is over, he wants to discuss the issue with the 2009 Legislature when it convenes in January.

Hosemann said the record turnout on the Nov. 4 election highlighted several issues that should be dealt with by the Legislature.

Hosemann is hoping legislation is passed to give county election commissioners two years to purge their voter lists of people who no longer should be on them.

NE MS Daily Journal