Y’all Politics brings you a bill of the day from the Mississippi legislature that may pique your interest.
In many small Mississippi towns, an elected official who loses his re-election bid will run for the same seat again four years later, using the same posters and campaign materials in an effort to save money. Those campaign materials may include the word “re-elect” even though that candidate is not the current incumbent.
State Rep. Tracey Rosebud (D) believes that shouldn’t be allowed under state law.
Rosebud has submitted HB 543 that would amend state election law to restrict the use of the word “re-elect” in campaign materials, unless it is used by the current incumbent.
The bill would amend Section 23-15-897 of the Mississippi Code and insert the following language:
“No candidate, political committee, or other person shall publish, or knowingly cause to be published, any campaign material containing the word “re-elect” or any similar word unless the campaign materials are published by or on behalf of the owner who apply for the position he currently holds.
You can read the full version of the bill here.