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The cost to run for office in Mississippi could be going up

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JACKSON, Miss.- Lawmakers are pushing a bill that would raise qualifying fees to run for a political office.

The bill has passed the House and Senate and is headed to the Governor’s office.

Senate Bill 2167 says that candidates, independent or affiliated with a party, could soon see an increase in fees to get your name on the ballot.

Currently, for instance, if you plan to run for governor you pay $500, this bill would increase it to $1,000. To be a state senator or representative it will increase from $15 to $250.

Independent candidates pay their fee to the secretary of state, while party candidates pay that fee to their party.

Representatives say that the bill would allow for more revenue to go to election operations.

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