Mississippi: Expand Access & Let People Vote
Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. In Mississippi, there is much work to be done to right the wrongs of the past and ensure greater participation in the electoral process. The vestiges of discriminatory voting laws still remain here. Measures such as allowing voters to register online and ensuring the right to vote by early ballot for all voters help legitimize elections by increasing voter turnout.
Access to the voting polls in Mississippi is limited. As our lives become more complex, confining voting to an absentee process is not reflective of how most voters live. Absentee voting in Mississippi requires an application process and a valid excuse for voting before Election Day. Working parents, students, rural voters, and all Mississippians need the accessibility and flexibility to exercise their right to vote. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia allow for early voting, which has shown to ease the voting process, shorten lines on Election Day, improve poll worker performance, reduce voting errors, and increase voter satisfaction.
Paper-based voter registration is an outdated system that is wasteful and inefficient. While the Secretary of State office offers the Y'all Vote website, only updating your voter status online is not sufficient. Providing online registration allows eligible citizens to register to vote, and view, correct, and update registration information online. Thirty-eight states plus the District of Columbia currently offer online voter registration. Mississippi should, too!
Sign today and send a clear message to the Mississippi Legislature—it's time to modernize Mississippi's voting process with online voter registration and no-excuse early voting.