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Voting Access Scorecard - Mississippi

The Franchise Project’s Voting Access Scorecard ranks how accessible voting is in Mississippi. The Voting Access Scorecard measures the accessibility of American elections by analyzing state election laws and practices. Each state’s performance is based on 30 measurable metrics shown to affect accessibility and foster participation. All metrics are weighted equally to fairly assess all states and their practices. If answered in the affirmative, each metric is worth 1 point, for a total of 30 points. Note that if a practice varies by county or municipality, e.g. the number of early voting locations in Wisconsin, the state only received 0.5 points for that metric. Note: Y=Yes, N=No, and V=Varies by Municipality/County.

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Overall score: 6 / 30

Y=Yes, N=No, V=Varies by County/Municipality

State registration deadline is the Friday before Election Day or later
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State offers Election Day registration
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State has automatic registration
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State does NOT create barriers to voter registration by third parties (e.g. allows third party registration, does not require registration drive training or notification)
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/Voter-Registration-Information.aspx
Y
State does NOT impose fines or criminal penalties for negligent/accidential voter registration mistakes
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/Voter-Registration-Information.aspx
Y
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting in multiple locations per municipality/county
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting during evenings and/or weekends
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State allows no-excuse early voting/in-person absentee voting
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State holds all elections entirely by mail
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State does NOT require an excuse to vote by mail
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State deadline to return absentee ballot is NO earlier than Election Day (via any type of delivery)
Miss. Code § 23-15-637: http://law.justia.com/codes/mississippi/2013/title-23/chapter-15/article-19/a/section-23-15-637/
N
State allows all voters to sign up to vote by absentee permanently
Only permanently disabled voters can sign up to vote by permanent absentee. Miss. Code Ann. § 23-15-629: https://www.sos.ms.gov/links/elections/home/tab5/ElectionCodeRev020209.pdf
N
State allows voters to request vote by mail ballot online
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf; http://www.sos.ms.gov/links/elections/voter_information_center/tab2/FPCA%208-2011.pdf
N
State allows voters to register online
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State allows voters to check their Election Day polling location online
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/pollingplace/Pages/default.aspx
Y
State allows voters to check their vote by mail status online
Mississippi Secretary of State: https://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote on Election Day
Miss. Code § 23-15-563: http://codes.findlaw.com/ms/title-23-elections/ms-code-sect-23-15-563.html
N
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote early or by mail
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
If ID required, State allows voter to vote through alternative process that does not require voter action (Note: full points received if no ID required at all)
Affidavit ballot counted only if voter follows up by showing ID to registrar. Miss. Code § 23-15-563: http://codes.findlaw.com/ms/title-23-elections/ms-code-sect-23-15-563.html
N
During voter maintenance process, if address has not changed, state allows voter to simply mail back confirmation form
The Mississippi Code does not outline a notice process, but says that the state will follow the NVRA and the NVRA procedures provides for notice. Miss. Code 23-15-153: http://law.justia.com/codes/mississippi/2016/title-23/chapter-15/article-3/f.-purging/
Y
State is NOT a member of Interstate Crosscheck
Bryan Caskey, Kansas Secretary of State, Director of Elections (email communication, May 24, 2017)
N
State is Member of ERIC
ERIC, http://www.ericstates.org/whowear John Lindback, ERIC Executive Director (email communication, May 25, 2017)
N
State refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach voter registration data request
Mississippi Today: https://mississippitoday.org/2017/06/30/hosemann-on-trump-voter-id-request-go-jump-in-the-gulf/
Y
State allows individuals to vote when their sentence is complete
Mississippi's disenfranchisement laws apply to certain crimes; only re-enfranchised by pardon of the governor or law by legislature. MS Const. Art. 12, § 241: http://felonvoting.procon.org/sourcefiles/MissArticle12.pdf
N
State allows individuals to vote during their term of incarceration
Mississippi's disenfranchisement laws apply to certain crimes. MS Const. Art. 12, § 241: http://felonvoting.procon.org/sourcefiles/MissArticle12.pdf
N
State allows individuals to vote after incarceration, while on probation or parole
Mississippi's disenfranchisement laws apply to certain crimes. MS Const. Art. 12, § 241: http://felonvoting.procon.org/sourcefiles/MissArticle12.pdf
N
State voting technology requires a paper trail
Mississippi has not established a statutory requirement for permanent voter verifiable ballot or record. Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Documents/VoterInformationGuide.pdf
N
State requires poll worker training
Miss. Code § 23-15-239(1): http://codes.findlaw.com/ms/title-23-elections/ms-code-sect-23-15-239.html
Y
State law requires voting machines to meet federal standards, testing by a federally accredited laboratory, or federal certification
“The Secretary of State shall have the power to issue supplementary instructions and procedures for the safe and efficient use of electronic voting systems and to carry out the purpose of this chapter. Subject to such instructions and procedures and the provisions of this chapter, the commissioners of elections shall have the power to make all necessary and desirable provisions for the conduct of elections with approved electronic voting systems.” Miss. Code § 23-15-485: http://law.justia.com/codes/mississippi/2016/title-23/chapter-15/article-15/c.-electronic-voting-systems/part-1/section-23-15-485
N
State provides readily accessible voting technology information
Mississippi Secretary of State: http://www.sos.ms.gov/Elections-Voting/Pages/default.aspx
N

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