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Posted by John Opdycke on October 07, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Election Panel in Mississippi Rejects Closed Primaries

Mississippi Public Broadcasting reported that the 51 member panel charged with debating changes to Mississippi's election laws has decided against recommending a closed party primary system, and is instead supporting a Top Two system similar to Louisiana. They cited complications with asking all voters to re-register by party as the reason for rejecting a closed primary system. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Mississippi’s top elections official, said, "We didn't come with a preconceived notion, and they have narrowed the process. It'll be the open primary and tweaking what we have now, and then just a plain, completely Top-Two primary like they do in Louisiana, Washington and California."

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