An Associated Press analysis finds that 29 of Mississippi’s 82 counties have more registered voters than residents old enough to cast a ballot. The inflated voting rolls in more than one-third of the counties provide ammunition for people who say the voting system is vulnerable to fraud.
And, they may make it difficult to accurately determine whether turnout is strong or weak in the November 4 presidential election. Moreover, the chairman of the state Senate Elections Committee, Terry Burton of Newton, says there’s no reason in the world for any county to have more registered voters than they have living, breathing people who are 18 or older.
Mississippi’s not alone in having inflated voter rolls. The Birmingham News found that 6 of Alabama’s 67 counties have more registered voters than people of voting age.
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