MY TURN: The Mississippi ballot

WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith
WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

It's an exciting election cycle for our nation with unprecedented interest in the Presidential election, and the State of Mississippi is at the heart of this process this week, hosting the first Presidential debate.

Mississippians have used the debate as an opportunity to boast about how wonderful the Magnolia State is. Especially, they're talking about the progress that's been made over the last 45 years.

The message about political progress seems to eluding Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. The governor attempted to disenfranchise Mississippi voters this November by having the special election for U.S. Senate placed at the bottom of the ballot, below all of the local elections where some voters would be sure to miss it.

It's a political trick reminiscent of another era, and it certainly seems out of place this month considering all the hard work other people have done to show the state in a good light for the debate's national audience.

Governor Barbour, it was a 19th century trick and your citizens elected you to be governor of 21st century state.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email or call 800-465-1210.