MS Sec. of State 2012 election analysis finished
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The Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office released its analysis of the 2012 elections in the General Election Report on April 15.

Despite the high number of last minute voter registrations, the report indicated counties statewide were well prepared for one of the highest levels of voter turnout in Mississippi history.

The report also details Election Day issues noted by the agency and the 40 observers sent to the 40 counties across the state. 

Some of those issues includes: distributing and receiving ballots for emergency responders; inappropriate voter assistance; campaigning too close to the polls; a failure of some counties to timely certify their elections; and, lack of signage.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann expressed gratitude to all the circuit clerks; including Bolivar County's own Marilyn Kelly.

“As always, I’m extremely proud of the job the Bolivar County Election Commission does conducting our elections here in the county," said Kelly. "It's a colossal job maintaining and updating the voter roll while preparing and conducting elections — and they do a great job."

Hosemann commended Bolivar County in his report for its efforts in getting absentee ballots to deployed emergency workers during Hurricane Sandy.

The report also mentions the disparity of voters in the county, meaning it has more registered voters than voting age population.

"There are several factors contributing to this, including voters relocating without notifying that they have relocated," said Kelly. "Voter names will remain in our system until we get official notice that they have moved.

"Our voter roll system is a living database and the commission works on it daily. They do a tremendous job."

Deceased voters also remain in the system until some type of notice is received from a family member or the Mississippi State Department of Health.

"One of our main issues is college registrations," said Kelly. "Once college students leave the area or move, we may or may not get a notice from them that they are relocating or graduating. This effects most counties with colleges in their area."

But Kelly said hard work by the commission has paid off for the always-changing database.

"At the time of the election we had an estimated 25,000 voters," she said. "As of today, that number is down to 21,000.

"Again, the election commission of Bolivar County can only do an effective job if they are given the information needed to do that job."

The Secretary of State is required by law to report on elections to the state legislature, governor and public on Election Day issues. Violations are referred to the attorney general and local district attorneys.

“Every year, the Secretary of State’s Office makes recommendations to the state legislature based on issues observed on Election Day,” said Hosemann in a press release. “Through these recommendations, and through coordination with election officials across the state, our agency hopes to curtail these problems and ensure fair elections.”