House passes early voting, election reform

The House on Thursday overwhelmingly passed election and voting reforms pushed by Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, including a major rewrite of election code and measures to allow online voter registration and early voting up to 14 days before an election.

“Today we turn the page on 125 years of Mississippi history,” Hosemann said. “To have a complete in toto revision of our election laws shows that we have bipartisan trust in each other in Mississippi. We trusted each other on voter ID before and we were the only state not sued, and now we have total bipartisan support for these changes. … The Mississippi House is awesome.”

The measures head to the Senate, which had a similar omnibus election bill but let it die on the calendar, with Senate leaders saying they would work with the House version.