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November 12, 2012

It’s irrelevant and a ridiculous non-issue.
You might then ask, “Why does anyone care? Why is anyone debating this issue? Why have 37 states, including Mississippi, either enacted or started to consider legislation to create voter ID laws?”
Well, let’s follow it logically through the pipeline.

November 6, 2012

Election Day has arrived, and while the polls are open for voting, the work for the employees at the County Circuit Clerk's Office is far from over.

Election Day has arrived, and while the polls are open for voting, the work for the employees at the County Circuit Clerk's Office is far from over.

Lafayette County Circuit Clerk Baretta Mosley believes that voter turnout for this year's election will be high.

“Usually our absentee ballots are an indicator for the number of voters and our absentee numbers are up a couple of hundred from four years ago,” Mosley said.

November 5, 2012

The number of voters in the Lafayette County area is expected to be larger than usual, according to Election Commissioner Mary K. Hemphill.

By Clancy Smith and Mary Adele Smith

The number of voters in the Lafayette County area is expected to be larger than usual, according to Election Commissioner Mary K. Hemphill.

“This election is going to be so different from most elections that we have; the presidential election always is because more people come out than they would for a regular county or municipal election,” she said.

November 5, 2012

In prior election years, the youth vote hasn’t always been much of a factor. Why don’t many young people vote? Dr. Michael Henderson, assistant professor of political science at Ole Miss, says you can blame the fact that many younger voters move around a lot.

By Michael Grimaud and Mary Adele Smith

No matter where you live in the United States, you know that November 6 is no ordinary Tuesday this year. It is, of course, Election Day in the 2012 presidential campaign.

In prior election years, the youth vote hasn’t always been much of a factor. Why don’t many young people vote? Dr. Michael Henderson, assistant professor of political science at Ole Miss, says you can blame the fact that many younger voters move around a lot.

October 4, 2012

With the presidential election a little more than 30 days away and the deadline to register to vote in Mississippi set for Saturday, students at The University of Mississippi are encouraged to register today and Friday in the lobby of the J.D. Williams Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

With the presidential election a little more than 30 days away and the deadline to register to vote in Mississippi set for Saturday, students at The University of Mississippi are encouraged to register today and Friday in the lobby of the J.D. Williams Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students may register to vote in Lafayette County rather than by absentee ballots in their home districts by providing a physical mailing address either on campus or in Lafayette County.

September 13, 2012

With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions officially wrapped up, many political analysts refer to the next few weeks as the figurative “home stretch” of the presidential race. Less than two months remain until the Nov. 5 election, and most major polls show President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney either neck and neck with results comfortably within the margin of error, or with President Obama edging out Romney by only a few points.
So what does this mean for the average citizen? Our votes will count more than ever this fall.

September 10, 2012

With the presidential election right around the corner, numerous media outlets are urging young Americans to vote. Absentee voting is one way college students away from home can assure their voice is heard in this upcoming election.

With the presidential election right around the corner, numerous media outlets are urging young Americans to vote. Absentee voting is one way college students away from home can assure their voice is heard in this upcoming election. Absentee voting allows registered voters, who will not be in their voting precincts or counties on election day, to cast their votes by filling out ballots and mailing them in. People registering to vote absentee must go through an application process and give a reason why they are voting absentee.

July 17, 2012

 
The controversy surrounding voter ID has had its fair share of the spotlight. From cries of Jim Crow to claims that voter fraud does not exist, the policies have mostly been approved into law in a number of states.
Both supporters and opponents of voter ID legislation want this to be the focus. However, in the grand scheme of the voting process, voter ID is a small issue, really a non-factor.

February 2, 2012

Mississippians across the state are hoping to make the ballot easier to use and understand with a presidential election just months away.

 

Mississippians across the state are hoping to make the ballot easier to use and understand with a presidential election just months away.

November 16, 2011

People shouldn't complain about Tollison's swtich, they agreed with him before the switch. 

 

In America, two letters are more important than the other 24. These two letters factor into every policy decision ever made, which in turn influence our daily lives. These two letters represent party affiliation, and a wrong letter beside a candidate’s name can change the outcome of an election.

November 9, 2011

Voters may soon  be required to present a photo ID before casting their ballot.

 

Voters may soon  be required to present a photo ID before casting their ballot.

Initiative 27 was approved Tuesday with 63 percent to 37 percent statewide vote.

“It just makes me feel more confident that all the people voting are registered and have a right to be there voting,” said David Allen, an Oxford resident and nurse. “It feels safe, like along the same lines of when you charge for something on credit card and they ask for your ID.”

November 4, 2011

For next year’s presidential election, there is chance that Mississippi voters will have to bring a little extra baggage with them to the ballot.

 

For next year’s presidential election, there is chance that Mississippi voters will have to bring a little extra baggage with them to the ballot.

Initiative 27, the proposed Mississippi Voter Identification Amendment, is not a widely known or understood initiative in Mississippi.      

The initiative is an attempt at ending supposed voter fraud by requiring every person that votes to have a state issued photo identification.   

October 27, 2011

Vote, people! It’s a simple chance for our generation to have our voices heard.

 

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, we each have an opportunity to exercise our right to vote in a state-wide general election. 

I believe this is one of the most basic rights our generation has, and yet it is the one we take for granted the most. 

In a state like Mississippi, that is a shame, and exercising that right can be a reminder to the government that we have a voice and are willing to use it. 

October 17, 2011

 

This past Tuesday, more than 5,000 University of Mississippi students cast their votes for the on-campus personalities. 

Anyone who had somehow forgotten about the impending election day was immediately reminded when he or she stepped on campus.

October 5, 2011

 

As the registration deadline for the Nov. 8 general election approaches, many students are still politically voiceless. 

September 26, 2011

The tools and tricks of modern technology like the Internet, Facebook, email, texting and Twitter have created platforms upon which we can reach entire social networks in seconds, with only a few clicks of a mouse.
We can communicate, comment and share information like never before, with an ease that many of us take for granted.
Beyond making it socially acceptable for us to share the miscellaneous details of our daily lives through a status update or tweet, networking tools have proven revolutionary when it comes to organization, especially in politics.

September 13, 2011

Todd Wade was removed from the general election ballot in Senate District 9 by the Mississippi Election Commission on Tuesday.

Wade was unavailable for comment Tuesday afternoon. However, in an Associated Press article, Wade said he has not decided whether or not he will appeal being removed from the ballot.

“I feel like I’m kind of a scapegoat for bad business in the secretary of state’s office,” Wade said in the article.  

April 27, 2011

Mississippi will host its second gubernatorial candidate today when Dave Dennis visits the Ole Miss campus. 

Mississippi will host its second gubernatorial candidate today when Dave Dennis visits the Ole Miss campus.  

Dennis will be on campus for a governor meet-and-greet. This event is scheduled for 6 p.m. in room 134 of Brevard Hall, formerly known as the Old Chemistry Building.

Dennis, a republican primary candidate, is running for governor in 2011.

He will be discussing his campaign along with his thoughts on the need for private sector business experience for Mississippi’s next chief executive.

April 12, 2011

Voter intimidation is a serious and heinous crime.

Voter intimidation is a serious and heinous crime.

Anyone attempting such a nefarious action should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and according to projectvote.org it carries a maximum penalty for conviction of a fine and no more than one year in prison. Because of such light punishment, voter intimidation has not been even marginally deterred by federal laws.

But a recent article that ran in newspapers across the country raises the question: Just what is the definition of voter intimidation?

April 11, 2011

Commenting on Sarah Harden’s article Voting May Become Tougher in Some States.

Editor,
Commenting on Sarah Harden’s article Voting May Become Tougher in Some States.

Voting will not become tougher in some states.

Students are not going to be denied their right to vote, but they may be required to vote where their official residents are.

OFFICIAL is the key word here. If the University considers you a non-resident of the state of Mississippi, then you are not officially a resident of Oxford.

April 11, 2011

Commenting on Sarah Harden’s article Voting May Become Tougher in Some States.

Editor,
Commenting on Sarah Harden’s article Voting May Become Tougher in Some States.

Voting will not become tougher in some states.

Students are not going to be denied their right to vote, but they may be required to vote where their official residents are.

OFFICIAL is the key word here. If the University considers you a non-resident of the state of Mississippi, then you are not officially a resident of Oxford.

March 23, 2011

Lexi Thoman addresses an important topic in her column on voting and voter apathy. However, there is a further source of voter apathy which she has not addressed but which is implicit in her formulation of the election process.

To the Editor:
Lexi Thoman addresses an important topic in her column on voting and voter apathy. However, there is a further source of voter apathy which she has not addressed but which is implicit in her formulation of the election process.

March 21, 2011

With convention season right around the corner, rumors as to who will add his name to the presidential race for 2012 are beginning to fly, and the political energy in our country is picking up.

With convention season right around the corner, rumors as to who will add his name to the presidential race for 2012 are beginning to fly, and the political energy in our country is picking up.

Even with the actual election well over a year away, the talking heads of the U.S. media make it seem like Americans will be hitting the polls next week.

September 30, 2010

The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is Saturday, October 2 by noon. The election will be held November 2.

 

The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is Saturday, October 2 by noon. The election will be held November 2.