Mississippi Voter ID Could Be Implemented in 2014

Jackson, Miss. Mississippi voters could have to start showing photo identification at the polls by mid-2014. That's according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.

Hosemann spoke about the issue at a Tuesday news conference where he responded to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The high court ruled that certain state and local governments no longer need federal approval to change election laws. Pre-clearance was required in areas with histories of racial discrimination, like Mississippi.

The case was brought to the court by Shelby County, Ala., which has also been under the order.

The ruling clears the way for Hosemann to start implementing a voter ID law that had been awaiting federal clearance.

Alabama already had a voter ID law in place.


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