- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The ACLU of Mississippi praised a proposal by the secretary of state to update Mississippi’s election laws, including allowing people to fill out voter registration forms online just as people can already do in more than half the states.

On Friday, the civil liberties group said the proposals Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann supports encourage “greater voter participation.”

Hosemann, a Republican, said he wants to allow people to vote in circuit clerks’ offices 21 days before any election. Current law allows limited reasons for voting early by absentee ballot, and Hosemann said some voters are being forced to lie about their plans to be out of town on election day.

The ACLU said it favored the inclusion of early voting and online registration in the recommendations that came out of a 51-person study group that looked at updating the state’s election laws. ACLU of Mississippi Executive Director Jennifer Riley-Collins served on the panel.

The proposed election changes are being looked at by the state Legislature.

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