Star: Last time we saw you also talked about the Voter ID bill, which you pushed but which died in the senate. Why do you think that bill didn't pass?
Hosemann: Some days I'd like to know myself. It came out of the house elections committee and passed the House of Representatives. In the senate, it was killed in a committee. The house bill that came out had several things in it, some of which were very unfavorable that I was opposed to. For example, same day registration, I was opposed to that part of it.
It also had an early voting provision. It would be 15 days before the election. We pushed hard to have early voting be a final vote and to remove exclusions for people who were going to be out of town - where you'd have to be out of town the entire early voting period and the day of the election (to vote with an absentee ballot).
That was one of the real attractions to early voting to me was to stop absentee ballot fraud... The absentee ballot issue of people coming in and saying I'm "out of town" on election day is being misused...This would require them, with increased penalties, to say they're going to be out of town all 16 days, the 15 day early period and election day.
Finally, we have found employments have changed. The election is held on one day that was just picked many years ago, Tuesday. But some people now work four-day workweeks, and they may work 7 to 5 or to 6 on Tuesday. So they're window to vote now is getting much, much closer. They're not out of town, but they're working ten hours of the twelve hours the polls are open. We felt we needed more flexibility in allowing people the right to vote.