Advocates of Voter ID Face February Deadline

Proponents of voter ID in Mississippi have not been able to gather enough signatures to get the issue on next year's ballot, but they face another deadline to try to get it on the ballot in 2011.

Before an issue can be put up for vote, 90,000 signatures must be received, equally divided from the state's four congressional districts.

The deadline to get on next year's ballot was October, and proponents only had about 50,000 signatures.

"We've talked repeatedly about the fact, to have safe elections where one vote counts for one. We were here in Meridian during the last municipal elections to insure that," Hosemann said. "As we've gone about it's just reinforced my position that we need voter ID. We have problems with voter ID. We have problems with absentee ballots and affidavit ballots. But voter ID is a good step forward to making the elections correct in Mississippi and everybody feel comfortable about what you, what your vote has been taken."

To get on the 2011 ballot, the signatures must be collected by February 14, 2011.


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