During one of the local (Jackson, MS) newscasts this past week I heard the anchor say something to the effect of: “All those over 18 years of age and registered to vote, except for criminals with felonies, can vote Tuesday.” (paraphrasing). This is an incorrect generalization concerning the felonies. In MS you can be convicted of quite a few felonies and still be able to vote. The only disenfranchising convictions in MS are :
6. obtaining money or goods under false pretense
This is an exclusive list set out in Sec. 241 of the Mississippi Constitution.
Additionally the only way to reestablish this right in Mississippi is through a pardon from the governor or appropriate action by the legislature. 23-15-19 in the Code also recognizes this as the exclusive list and those convicted of the above crimes are not allowed to register to vote, taking the problem out of the hands of poll workers and relying on the county’s circuit clerk to purge the rolls appropriately.
As always we welcome discussion and any questions you might have about MS law.