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A mistake by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office is apparently going to force many Mississippi counties to reprint ballots for the Nov. 8 election, to add wording to ballot initiatives on personhood, voter ID and eminent domain.

A spokeswoman for Hosemann on Wednesday said absentee votes already cast will still count, and the Secretary of State’s Office will reimburse counties for any reprinting expenses.

The Attorney General’s Office on Friday notified the Secretary of State’s Office the state Constitution requires the “fiscal analysis” — an estimate of the cost to taxpayers — must be on the ballot for the three initiatives. “After reviewing applicable statutes over the weekend, the Secretary of State’s Office agreed with the opinion of the Attorney General,” a written statement from Hosemann’s office said.

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