Voter ID Faces Deadline

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The clock is ticking on voter ID legislation at the Mississippi Capitol. Republicans and Democrats are starting to blame each other in case the bill dies.

A final compromise on voter ID legislation has to be filed by Thursday, but negotiators are miles apart. Voter ID is part of a broad elections bill that could bring Mississippi $34 million federal dollars to set up a computerized, statewide voter registry and buy new election equipment. But negotiations on the bill are tangled up in a fight about ID.

Republicans want every Mississippi voter to show identification before every election, but many Democrats say ID could be used to intimidate older black voters.

State Republican chairman Jim Herring said Wednesday that Democrats could prevent Mississippi from getting the federal money. Senate Elections Chairman Hob Bryan, who is a Democrat, said Republicans are the ones playing politics.