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Concerns raised over absentee ballots

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Concerns are being raised over the state's absentee ballot process leading up the general election in less than three weeks.

Executive director of the state's democratic party, Rickey Cole says as of last week about 20 counties in the state had not even started mailing out absentee ballots and many were late printing them. With state law requiring the ballots be available 45 days before the election, Cole says it's unacceptable to be this late in the process and not have them ready.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman says at last check all circuit clerks were voting absentee and there should be no concern.

"There's been a hold up in the process and we're concerned that there are people who are living or working abroad or far from home, there are elderly and disabled people who under the law have a legal right to an absentee ballot who may not get their absentee ballot in time to mark it and send it back in for it to be counted," said Cole.

"When I checked on it on Monday, every single county is casting absentee ballots so I doubt very seriously that there was a change between last Thursday or Friday and Monday," said Hosemann.

Any future absentee ballots will also come with an addendum stating whether the three voter initiatives will have any type of financial impact.

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