A note from the MS Secretary of State

Published 7:00 am Saturday, November 1, 2014

As we head into the November 4th General Election, it is important for Mississippians to come together and cast a ballot on Election Day. The recent party elections have drawn national attention, and frankly, not often positive for our State. Change begins at the ballot box—not in the press, talk shows, Facebook or twitter—by casting your vote for the candidate of your choice. I ask you to consider the importance of your vote.
As one Circuit Clerk said, we may not have perfect elections, but we have fair elections. On November 4th, I ask you to remember the lives lost fighting for your right to participate in the voting process. Those lives were lost so you could freely debate about candidates and issues. Those lives were lost so you could express your concerns without fear or intimidation. Those lives were not lost for you to disregard your right to vote.
We, as Mississippians, have a civic duty to participate in the electoral process. We have a duty to have our voices heard at the polls and cast a ballot for the candidate of our choice. We, as Americans, now face brutal terrorists striking on American soil. You are electing your national representatives.
The General Election is just days away. Educate yourselves on the candidates and decide who deserves your vote on November 4th.
It is time we move forward as a State. We were the first State in the country in recent years to implement Voter ID without federal intervention and oversight. When naysayers believed the sky would fall and thousands would be disenfranchised at the polls, we, as Mississippians, proved them wrong. It is time to do that again.
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Secretary of State.
I look forward to seeing you at the polls on November 4th.

By Delbert Hoseman

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