Voter ID Preparations Underway in Mississippi

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Lauderdale County, Miss. The Mississippi Secretary of State's office is set to roll out its new Voter ID initiative next week.

More than 90 percent of Mississippians already have the proper identification needed for Mississippi's new Voter ID law that goes into effect next year. That's according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who visited Lauderdale County on Wednesday.

"They have got a driver's license, a passport, or a student ID," Hosemann explains. "All the things that you would need to vote with. So, the first thing is to look at what's required and necessary."

But for those who don't have one of those forms of identification, Hosemann says his office will be releasing information this coming Monday about how it will be contacting voters who need to obtain an ID. Hosemann tells us the ID's will be available starting next month, through June 3rd.

"And on June the 3rd, we'll have the first time in Mississippi history that we'll have Voter ID actually shown at the polls when you go there," Hosemann points out.

Of course, the purpose behind all of this is to prevent voter fraud. Hosemann says the Secretary of State's office has even signed on with the Department of Vital Records, meaning that officials will be able to check the birth certificate of anyone registering for Voter ID.

"No other state is doing that," Hosemann adds. "We are going to make it as easy as possible for people to get an ID that don't have those."

Hosemann will be back in Lauderdale County in a couple of weeks to install a camera in the Circuit Clerk's to issue voter identification.