HB 1510 is a collection of voter suppression policies that have individually, and rightfully so, failed in previous legislative sessions. This extreme bill is a clear attempt by the bill’s authors and Mississippi’s Secretary of State to overhaul and undermine the voting process in our state by providing broad discretion to the Secretary of State to audit our elections.

The harms of House Bill 1510 include closed third-party election auditing and multiple forms of voter purging. The bill would disenfranchise voters by forcing election commissioners to remove voters from the voter rolls for simply choosing not to vote in an election. It would use faulty and outdated databases in an attempt to identify non-citizens as registered voters. HB 1510 also proposes using public dollars to fund election audits, while shielding results from public records requests.

Fundamentally, the right to vote should not be a “use it or lose it” policy. Attempts to purge non-citizens from Mississippi’s voter rolls are solutions searching for a problem. Audits meant to encourage election transparency must be fully accessible to the public.

Status

Returned for concurrence

Session

2022

Bill number

Position

Oppose