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City of Tupelo

Penalties for False Registration

(1) Any person who shall knowingly procure his or any other person’s registration as a qualified elector when the person whose registration is being procured is not entitled to be registered, or when the person whose registration is being procured is being registered under a false name, or when the person whose registration is being procured is being registered as a qualified elector in any other voting precinct than that in which he resides, shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, be fined not more than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) or imprisoned not more than five (5) years, or both. The same penalty shall apply to anyone who is disqualified for any cause and shall reregister before removal of such disqualification to avoid the same, and to all who shall in any way aid in such false registration.

(2) Any person who has reasonable cause to suspect that such a false registration has occurred may notify any authorized law enforcement officer with proper jurisdiction. Upon such notification, said law enforcement officer shall be required to conduct an investigation into the matter and file a report with the registrar and the appropriate district attorney. The registrar shall, within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of the investigating officer’s report, accept or reject the registration. Any person who so notifies an authorized law enforcement officer shall be presumed to be acting in good faith and shall be immune from any liability, civil or criminal, that might otherwise be incurred or imposed.

Sources: Derived from 1972 Code § 23-5-43 [Codes, 1880, § 113; 1892, § 3616; Laws, 1906, § 4123; Hemingway's 1917, § 6757; Laws, 1930, § 6190; Laws, 1942, § 3218; repealed by Laws, 1986, ch. 495, § 335]; en. Laws, 1986, ch. 495, § 5; Laws, 1991, ch. 440, § 4, eff from and after May 1, 1992 (the date the United States Attorney General interposed no objection to this amendment).

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