Officials say states ready for high voter turnout

In Mississippi, Hosemann said, voting machines are in place and election officials are training poll workers for the state’s March 8 primary.

“We expect a smooth election,’’ he said.

Mississippi is among states with new election laws. Hosemann is pushing state lawmakers to also adopt legislation that would move up the primary by a week.

“I think Mississippi deserves the right to speak to the presidential candidates,’’ he said.