VRM in the States: Mississippi
February 1, 2017
Advances in Voter Registration Modernization
- Electronic Voter Registration: Mississippi launched electronic voter registration at the Department of Public Safety (DPS) – which serves as the state’s driver’s licensing agency – in 2006. Individuals submit information on paper and clerks input responses electronically. Registrants then sign an electronic pad to create a digital signature, and voter registration information is transferred nightly to election officials.
- Electronic Pollbooks: Five out of 82 Mississippi counties used electronic pollbooks to sign in voters in 2014.
Gains from Voter Registration Modernization in Mississippi
- During an April 2013 interview with Brennan Center staff, Mississippi election officials reported that electronic voter registration has lowered printing costs for DPS and reduced errors in individuals’ registration records.