Absentee voting rise drawing scrutiny

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi secretary of state Delbert Hoseman says he finds it troubling that absentee voting is on the rise in Mississippi — and in 20 counties, makes up at least 10 percent of the ballots.

He tells The Clarion-Ledger that he has asked circuit clerks in those 20 counties to make sure his office can get access to absentee ballots.

Statewide, absentee ballots made up 6 percent of the total in this year’s primary, compared to 4 percent in the 2010 congressional election and 2 percent in the 2008 presidential election.

Under Mississippi law, only those who are elderly, disabled or out of the county on election day can cast absentee ballots.