- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 6, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - People who move within Mississippi can now update their voter registration online, the state’s top elections official said Wednesday.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said legislators this year authorized online updates for voters who are already registered. This allows people to skip a trip to the circuit clerk’s office to update information after moving.

First-time voters still must register in person or by mail.

Hosemann said people can update their address on the secretary of state’s website . The information goes to a statewide registry used by county officials to create voter lists before elections. Voters must update their registrations more than 30 days before an election.

A person updating an address must give the last four digits of his or her own Social Security number. Hosemann said his technology team frequently checks the security of the website, which should prevent people from going online and changing or stealing other voters’ information.

The secretary of state’s site also has information about precincts and acceptable types of photo identification voters need at the polls.

Mississippi has nearly 2.3 million residents who are 18 or older, and about 1.8 million are registered voters.

Gov. Phil Bryant stood with Hosemann, a fellow Republican, at a news conference Wednesday. Bryant said members of the military and “civil rights workers and heroes” worked to secure the right to vote.

“When I was a very young child, people put their lives at risk registering to vote. Lives were taken. Intimidation stopped people from registering to vote. Simply trying to register people to vote in the state of Mississippi could cost you your life,” Bryant said. “Today, thanks to the good work of the secretary of state, it is now easier than ever to register to vote. Unfortunately, some people will still not do so.”

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