Many states are allowing anyone to vote by mail during the pandemic. Not Mississippi.
By Luke Ramseth with the Mississippi Clarion Ledger
Many states have dramatically expanded vote-by-mail access during the pandemic, but not Mississippi.
Magnolia State voters still must either show up to their polling place in November or swear to one of several excuses to obtain a mail-in ballot. Lawmakers did make several tweaks to the state's election system before leaving the Capitol earlier this month, including adding an excuse for voters under quarantine for COVID-19.
But Sen. David Blount, a member of the Elections Committee, criticized the legislation as a "totally inadequate response" as the virus rapidly spreads around the state. He had advocated for more sweeping changes to the state's vote-by-mail and early voting procedures.