Mississippi Voters Shouldn't Have To Register By Party

We disagree with a recent federal judge's ruling that Mississippians must register with a party. The ruling came after the State Democratic Party filed suit asking for the party registration.

It's already hard enough to convince Mississippians that they need to go to the ballot box on election day. The added burden of registering with a party as either a Democrat or Republican or declaring yourself to be an Independent is something that just isn't needed in our state.

It seems to us the decision is closing doors for some voters instead of opening doors to all voters.

Currently voters can chose which party primary they want to cast their ballot in. Some fear this openness we now have can manipulate the outcome of some elections. We don't remember any local or state elections where this has occurred.

We think all parties in Mississippi should be encouraging more voters to take part in their party primaries instead of trying to close the door on some voters.

Anything that would restrict voter participation is a mistake.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV Station Manager