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In Legal Terms: Voting During a Pandemic

Guest Ben Griffith https://law.olemiss.edu/faculty-directory/ben-griffith-2/ discusses voting in Mississippi and voting during a pandemic.


Calls concerned:

  • mail in voting in other states
  • padded voter rolls and piles of ballots
  • contacting Circuit Clerks office for absentee ballots learning where your polling place is located
  • what if voters are kept away from voting
  • HB 1521 https://legiscan.com/MS/bill/HB1521/2020


Need voter information? www.yallvote.sos.ms.gov

Some registered voters are eligible to vote by an absentee ballot because of age, health, work demands, temporary relocation for educational purposes, or their affiliation with the U.S. Armed Forces. Please check with your Circuit or Municipal Clerk to determine if you are entitled to vote by an absentee ballot and to learn the procedures for doing so. If you know you will vote by an absentee ballot, you may contact your Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s Office at any time within 45 days of the election. Voters included within the Uniform and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), such as members of the military and overseas citizens, may register to vote and request an absentee ballot by Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). UOCAVA voters may register to vote using the FPCA up until ten days before the date of an election and may receive and return an absentee ballot by mail, email, or fax. For more information, call the Secretary of State’s Election Hotline at 1 (800) 829-6786 or visit the website at www.yallvote.sos.ms.gov


A special election for Mississippi House of Representatives District 88 was called for April 21, 2020. On April 3, 2020, Gov. Tate Reeves (R) postponed the special election to June 23, 2020, amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.  This is an area north of Hattiesburg almost surrounding but not including Laurel. The seat became vacant after Ramona Blackledge (R) resigned on January 31, 2020.

https://ballotpedia.org/Mississippi_House_of_Representatives_District_88


On our Feb.25th 2020 podcast we had guest  new Secretary of State, Michael Watson to talk about primary voting, the Census, and the DMV.  http://inlegalterms.mpbonline.org/episodes/in-legal-terms-secretary-of-state-watson

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