This Week’s To-do List: Vote Tuesday, Call Legislators

Tomorrow is primary election day in Mississippi, and your vote is important for two reasons:
• a strong and viable democracy relies on voters making their voices heard
• a recent change in Mississippi’s election law makes it more important than ever for you to be in the habit of voting in every election
Last year, the Mississippi Legislature changed our elections statute to mandate that voters who do not vote in at least one election in a four-year cycle or do not update their voter registration will be made “inactive” and prohibited from casting a regular ballot. Such voters will be sent a confirmation notice from election commissioners and, if they do not respond to the notice, will be purged from voter rolls.
Polls will be open tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday is the deadline for the Legislature to pass legislation in the first round of consideration, so please continue to reach out to your legislators about the following bills…
Ask your representative to VOTE NO on:
HB 867 imposes an extensive administrative burden on school districts by requiring that they report publicly the capacity in each grade of each school that is available for out-of-district transfer students. The bill allows students to attend schools in districts where they do not live and do not pay property tax, if the receiving district approves. VOTE NO
HB 1192 allows a for-profit virtual school company with abysmal academic results to operate schools in Mississippi. VOTE NO
HB 1449 creates a committee, with a majority of members appointed by voucher supporters, to determine whether Mississippi should adopt a vouchers-for-all scheme. VOTE NO
Capitol Switchboard: 601.359.3770
Find additional contact information for legislators here.
Speaker White: 601.359.3300
Lt. Gov. Hosemann: 601.359.3200
Ask your legislators to VOTE YES on:
HB 765 allows the Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act to remain as law by extending the repeal date. VOTE YES
SB 2682 allows the Mississippi Critical Teacher Shortage Act to remain as law by extending the repeal date. VOTE YES
SB 2686 requires private voucher schools to meet the statutory requirements of the ESA voucher program in order to receive ESA funds; mandates that students be accepted by a voucher school before being added to the program’s waiting list. VOTE YES
Be sure to vote tomorrow, and please make those calls to your legislators. Your voice matters, and together, we’ve got this!

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