JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Some recommendations to change how we do Mississippi primaries are now in the hands of State Legislators. Among the recommendations are allowing Mississippians to vote in a top-two primary election system. That's a primary where all candidates appear on the same ballot, regardless of party affiliation. The candidates who receive the most number of votes would then move to the general election ballot.
This recommendation is the result of an extensive study by the Mississippi Secretary of State's 2014 Committee to Review Election Laws. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann released the committee's report that among other issues explored the following primary systems: closed primary, semi-closed primary, open primary, top-two primary, Mississippi's primary system and Louisiana's primary system.
The committee also looked at early voting and online voter registration. Recommendations included allowing early voting in our state starting two weeks before election day and also allowing Mississippians to register to vote online.
The committee's full report can be found on the Mississippi Secretary of State's web site.