29 Miss. counties have more voters than adults

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.

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