Mississippi voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
For the 2008 election Mississippi used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines without a paper trail:
Optical scan machines:
- Premier Election Solutions' (Diebold) AccuVote-OS
- Election Systems & Software's Model 100
- Election Systems & Software's Model 650
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
Linda Dixon Rigsby, Assistant Secretary of State for Elections
Elections division website: http://www.sos.state.ms.us/elections/elections.asp
- Located on the First Floor of the Heber Ladner Building
- 401 Mississippi Street
- Jackson, Mississippi 39201
- Elections Hotline: 800-829-6786
- Elections Call center: 601-576-2550 Fax: 601-359-5019
- Email: use the form on the website
- For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.
Felon voting rights
"Mississippi law bars individuals convicted of certain crimes from registering to vote unless the governor pardons them or a two-thirds majority of the legislature passes a bill restoring that individual’s right to vote. The Mississippi Constitution lists ten specific crimes that result in disenfranchisement, but the Attorney General expanded that list to include 11 additional crimes. Interviews conducted in 2005 revealed that about half of all Mississippi counties were using the list set forth in the Constitution, while the other half relied on the Attorney General’s expanded list."
"In Mississippi, a person does not lose the right to vote if convicted in another state or
in federal court. However, interviews in 2005 revealed that only a third of the officials interviewed knew the law regarding federal convictions, and only half knew this was alsotrue for out-of-state convictions."
- Main article: Felon disenfranchisement
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of Mississippi, Fran Leber, President
- P.O. Box 55505
- Jackson, MS 39296-5505
- Phone: 601-352-4616
- E-mail: MSLeaguePresident@aol.com
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Mississippi that helps locate Mississippi's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Mississippi Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Mississippi. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Mississippi page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Mississippi.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Mississippi page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Mississippi. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Mississippi general information page, which provides information on Mississippi election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.