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State prepares for general election

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Less than 24 hours to go and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann wants to make sure everyone is on the same page.

"Election of the governor, of the legislature, all of that's on the table," said Hosemann.

And at the table Tuesday morning were Democratic Party director Rickey Cole, Republican Party director Arnie Hederman, lawyers, and representatives from the state Supreme Court and attorney general's office, all of them addressing concerns before the first ballot is cast.

"We should all be about making sure we have a free and fair election," said Hosemann.

Hosemann says all voting machines have been tested, workers have been trained and precincts are set to open on time. Election representatives will be across the state monitoring polls as party leaders hope to rake in victories.

"It looks like our voters are energized and ready to win some elections," said Cole.

"We believe the conservatives are really going to turn out in this election and that we'll have a very good turnout in legislative, local and statewide," said Hederman.

Voters will be faced with lots of races on the ballot but it's the three voter initiatives which just may overshadow them all, one of them in particular. Amendment 26, defining a person in Mississippi is by far the most debated and controversial measure, it as well as the fights over voter ID and eminent domain could potentially change the state constitution which Hosemann say is historic and hasn't happened since 1890, causing voters to pay attention.

"We've never had three constitutional amendments, we've elected a lot of governors but we've never had where you have a direct democracy like this," said Hosemann.

With more than 1.8 million active registered voters across the state, Hosemann says the biggest challenge will be getting voters to show up.

"It's amazing to me that people wouldn't take the time to be an informed voter," said Hosemann.

 For information on the three voter initiatives follow the link below.

http://www.sos.ms.gov/page.aspx?s=7&s1=1&s2=84

 

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