“Take Mississippi Back”
Meeting Thursday 5/4 6:30pm
We are excited about this month’s meeting!
We are welcoming the Assistant Secretary of State, Kyle Kirkpatrick, to discuss election integrity in MS as well as updates regarding legislation passed this session. Questions will be collected in writing only, in order to maintain decorum and for the sake of expediency. We hope you are thinking about what you might ask ahead of time!
Rep Steve Hopkins, founder of our Conservative Coalition, will be visiting to share a few things at the start of the meeting.
MaryJo Perry will summarize the huge win for medical and religious freedom in federal court. You can read MPVR’s press release by clicking here.
Agenda is posted below.
(IMPORTANT APRIL 2023 UPDATE BELOW)
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May 4th 2023
6:30 Welcome and Pledge, Recognition of National Day of Prayer – Pastor Brian Shufelt
6:35 Introduction & Update – MaryJo Perry
6: 40 CCMS Update – Representative Steve Hopkins
6:50 Election Integrity in Mississippi – Assistant Secretary of State, Kyle Kirkpatrick
7:30 Dismissal – MaryJo Perry
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April 2023 UPDATE
ELECTION INTEGRITY PROJECT UPDATE
On to Governor Reeves for Signing
Thanks to those who called and emailed in support of HB1310.
We are waiting to hear if there will be an official signing with Governor Reeves. We will let you all know if we hear that there is, in case you’d like to attend.
If you have questions about HB1310, or the election process in Mississippi, please make plans to attend our Thurs May 6th meeting. We will have experts addressing them then. We hope you will make plans now to attend!
Also, please be considering what your role might be in our upcoming elections. Some things you can do to make a difference are:
– Support a local candidate by volunteering and/or donating to their campaign
– Sign up to be a poll worker
– Sign up to be a poll watcher
We will also be discussing these things at our next meeting. We hope to see you there!
March 2023 UPDATE
ELECTION INTEGRITY PROJECT UPDATE
You did it!
You made the calls and our election laws have a chance at improvement. HB1310 made it out of two committees earlier this week, and you did the work to make it happen!
The battle isn’t over, as the bill still has to pass the Senate and will go back to the House for approval. Ultimately, it will be signed by Governor Reeves. We will keep you updated as the bill continues to progress.
While we haven’t seen the amendment discussed by the Senate in committee, the heart of this bill (HB 1310) is an address verification process that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Husted v. Randolph Institute, a 2018 case. It is hard to overstate how much the Left hates this address verification plan, which is why Democrats have been fighting this reform for years – and tried to kill the idea, once again, in committee yesterday. In fact, the New York Times called the Ohio law “more aggressive than any other state in purging its voter rolls.”
HB 1310 is not perfect, but very few bills are perfect – and the best way to improve the bill is to offer concrete, constructive advice that cites actual MS code and existing policies, not to mention the National Voter Registration Act, which limits what states can do in terms of cleaning up voter rolls.
As far as election audits go, it’s worth considering two things. First, the SOS is definitely needed to audit local elections. Imagine, for example, the city of Jackson auditing its own election results. … Is there any doubt that they would home cook the results to be whatever the current administration wanted? This is a no-brainer.
In addition, the SOS audit authority in the bill is pretty weak. Killing the very important address verification piece because you don’t like a weak SOS audit authority is not a good trade off. Our legislators are doing very little good this session. … This, at least, is one concrete reform that will help bring some integrity to our elections.
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