JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - An Associated Press analysis finds that 29
of Mississippi's 82 counties have more registered voters than
residents old enough to cast a ballot.
The flabby voting rolls in more than one-third of the counties
provide ammunition for people who say the voting system is
vulnerable to fraud.
And, they may make it difficult to accurately determine whether
turnout is strong or weak in the November 4 presidential election.
The chairman of the state Senate Elections Committee, Terry
Burton of Newton, says there's no reason in the world for any
county to have more registered voters than they have living,
breathing people who are 18 or older.
AP's county-by-county analysis compared voter registration
figures released this week by the Secretary of State's office with
Census figures from 2000, which provide the latest and most
detailed information for the entire state.
Mississippi's not alone in having inflated voter rolls.
The Birmingham News found that six of Alabama's 67 counties have
more registered voters than people of voting age.