Senators have passed the bill that would purge Mississippi voter rolls.
Senate Bill 2588 was pushed through the Senate on Wednesday with a vote of 36-16 with all support coming with Republican members including Sen. Rita Potts Parks of Corinth.
If the bill becomes law, local election commissioners would be tasked with sending confirmation postcard notices to voters who do not cast a ballot in any local, state, or federal election during a two-year person that includes two federal elections.
If voters fail to confirm their address within four years of receiving the postcard, or if they fail to vote during that time, the county would remove their name from the rolls.
“Removing a name by the process of this bill would take up to eight years,” Parks told the Daily Corinthian. “This would really help clean our voter rolls and make it easier for courts to find people to serve on juries.”
Republican Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann also supports the proposal.
Democrats opposing the bill said it would hurt people who choose not to vote for whatever reason – maybe they just don’t like the candidates running for many years – but suddenly are motivated to vote because they find a candidate who appeals to them.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is also against the proposal and says it will punish voters who choose not to vote.
The bill now moves to the House where they have their own similar piece of legislation that has yet to be voted on.