“There is no reason in the world why some of these counties should have more registered voters than they have living, breathing people,” Mississippi Senate Elections Committee Chairman Terry Burton said.
Despite the inflated voter rolls, “it’s important not to leap to the conclusion that this means there have been many illegitimate voters,” said Adam Skaggs, an attorney at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law.
He said the bigger problem _ in Mississippi and across the U.S. _ is that people have not registered at all or don’t know they have been purged from the rolls.
In Mississippi, AP’s county-by-county analysis compared voter registration figures released Thursday by the Secretary of State’s office with Census figures from 2000, which provide the latest and most detailed information for the entire state.
Twenty-nine of Mississippi’s 82 counties had more registered voters than people of voting age. Alabama has a similar problem _ The Birmingham News found that six of 67 counties there have more registered voters than people of voting age.