Sec. Of State Offers Harrison County A Voting Solution

On Friday, Secretary of State Eric Clark offered a possible solution to part of the reason Harrison County dropped touch screen voting - the expense.

Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker told supervisors on Monday that touch screens would cost the county about $400,000 for the August primary. She said 100 more machines would be needed to meet requests from Democrats and Republicans.

In a letter sent today to supervisors, Eric Clark said, "Mississippi Republican Chairman Jim Herring, Mississippi Democratic Chairman Wayne Dowdy and myself, it is our shared recommendation that the parties use the same touch screen voting machines with both parties' ballot styles loaded onto it."

"Separate party-specific encoders with only that party's ballot would be given only to that party's poll workers ensuring that access to their specific ballot would be controlled by the individual party."

Clark says this would probably allow Harrison County to buy fewer touch screens if any at all.

As far as another concern with late ballots, Clark says his office will work to make sure that never happens again.