Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said he plans to roll out a “searchable” online campaign finance filing system for state elections on Sept. 27.
The system will be voluntary for candidates and committees. Hosemann said he lacks authority to make it mandatory. Those who wish to mail or fax paper reports — even handwritten ones — can continue to do so, but Hosemann said he expects “the more tech savvy” candidates for statewide, legislative, judicial and other races will choose to use the new system. They can fill out templates on the secretary of state’s website.