SID SALTER: Hosemann’s election reform celebration a bit premature

In recent days, Hosemann put out a news release celebrating the progress of his election reforms in the 2016 session, breathlessly claiming in a statement: “The Mississippi Senate took another step in passing historic election code legislation with bipartisan cooperation. Not in recent memory has any such massive election or voting legislation passed with unanimous support, truly remarkable.”…

…Ultimately, the perception battle is real. As long as Mississippi’s Republican legislative majority perceives that early voting and online voter registration represents a danger, they will continue to fight it — again, just as Democrats battled voter ID.

But there’s simply not a lot of plausible evidence against the benefits of early voting and online voter registration that don’t ultimately come back around to partisan advantage or disadvantage.