The nine-week Primary Runoff we are in the midst of has allowed a number of my friends who are political professionals to take unprecedented weekend vacations during the runoff. That’s a good thing for those of us plying our trade in the dismal profession, but I think May primaries, which saw lower turnout statewide are bad for politics and for our state.
But Mississippi shows another way. Like Georgia before the federal lawsuit that resulted in an earlier primary and extended runoff, Mississippi has a three-week runoff. But Mississippi avoided a lawsuit by the United States Department of Justice over complying with the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).
Mississippi’s solution involves electronic voting, including via email on the day of the election. In order to avoid having the lengthen the runoff period, Mississippi uses ranked choice ballots for the Primary election.
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