It seems that laws often come into being in response to glitches or oversights in existing laws, rather than through some proactive impulse. According to Ballot Access News, that’s the case in Mississippi, where the governor has signed a bill to specify a closing time of 5 p.m. on the last day for filing presidential elector paperwork by parties.

Back in 2008, the Socialist Party’s presidential elector papers were submitted on the filing deadline—but after business hours—and rejected by Mississippi’s secretary of state.

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