Implementing Voter ID

By: Nick Adam Email
By: Nick Adam Email

How you vote in Mississippi will soon change and before it happens, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann wants to make sure everyone will still be able to vote.

"We don't know how many people are out there but our goal is to have every single one of them covered by a voter ID if they need one," said Hosemann.

Showing identification before you cast a ballot will become the new norm thanks to the voter ID law which 62 percent of Mississippians approved last November. With that upcoming requirement, Hosemann is looking for anyone who doesn't already have an ID and get them one free of charge.

"We don't think there will be very many of those to be issued quite frankly, but we want to make sure that's covered," said Hosemann.

Before any IDs can be issued, the legislature must first appropriate the money for funding, which Hosemann expects to happen during the next legislative session in January. That money, would put cameras for IDs in all 82 counties.

Hosemann says that'll be a cost anywhere between $200,000 and $300,000. He wanted voter ID to be in place for November's presidential election, but says that's not likely to happen, especially since the Justice Department is yet to give the state the go ahead.

"If they don't, there's a legal avenue. We have to go to court in Washington D.C. to get it approved, so I don't think it hinges on the Justice Department but it sure would be easier if they would approve our application," said Hosemann.

This year, lawmakers set aside money for an anticipated legal fight which Hosemann says his office is ready for. That's where he says the state would see the most expense. Before it gets to that point though, Hosemann wants the roll out of the new law to have as little impact at possible.

"Clearly there are dead people on the rolls and voter rolls are bloated in like 14 counties. We have those kinds of problems, people know that and that's why they voted for a voter ID," said Hosemann.

Individuals who will need a free voter ID are encouraged to contact the Secretary of State's Office:

Toll-Free: 1-855-868-3745

Web site:


Acceptable forms of identification include:

A current and valid Mississippi driver's license;
A current and valid ID card issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the State of Mississippi;
A current and valid United States passport;
A current and valid employee ID card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government, the State of Mississippi, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the State;
A current and valid Mississippi firearms license to carry a pistol or revolver;
A United States military I.D.;
A valid tribal photo ID; or,
A student photo ID issued by a Mississippi university, college, or community college.

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  • by Ed Location: Va on Jun 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM
    Check out these links. When you have read all the articles let me know what you think. True the Vote 53,000 dead voters in Fl. Florida to check 180,000 suspected illegal voters. Illegals voting across America. Voter Fraud Wisconsin election fraud Voter Fraud in Houston Tx.
  • by Pegdrag Location: Meridian on Jun 22, 2012 at 06:25 AM
    @ pro voter ID. There is NOT a law requiring anyone to have a valid ID at any time. No one is required to carry ID at all. Do your home work.
  • by PRO VOTER ID Location: MERIDIAN on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    Thank You VOTER: You are absolutely right. Everyone should be Required to show a VALID PHOTO ID to cast THEIR VOTE. That would eliminate the VOTER FRAUD ISSUE, Provided the POLL Workers will actually look at the ID and the Person and verify that the person in the PHOTO is the PERSON Standing in front of them. There is NO ISSUE here of Violation of Civil Rights, or Civil Liberties. There is NO ATTEMPT to STOP anyone from Voting, Minority or otherwise. YOU would think that as an AMERICAN CITIZEN, & a MISSISSIPPI CITIZEN, that YOU would want to protect YOURSELF, and PREVENT anyone from VOTING FOR YOU!!: YES, I AM DYNAMICALLY PRO for VALID VOTER PHOTO IDENTIFICATION. The ID CARDS ARE ISSUED FREE, or If YOU prefer go to MS Highway Patrol Office and PAY $10 for a VALID MS PHOTO ID, You throw that much away on a daily basis, PLUS its already required by LAW for anyone over the age of 18 to have a VALID Identification Card on them at all times. There is NO DISCRIMINATION in requiring YOU to identify who YOU ARE prior to casting YOUR VOTE. SUPPORT VOTER IDENTIFICATION
  • by whats the problem? on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    This law protects against voter fraud.... Voter fraud effects the rights of "all" americans, no matter the race or gender. For years people have voted in other peoples name and even in dead peoples name to influence elections. This is fair to all.
  • by Voter on Jun 21, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    Mississippi does issue voter cards to let people know where to go for municipal, county and state elections. Those are different locations for some voters. I go to the same place for all elections. But as photo ID is not required at this time, nor is the voter card itself required, the poll workers just look up your name when you state your name to them. Someone, anyone, could go in and say I'm ______ ________, sign the book and vote in your place. That's why the voter ID (the real one with a photo) is so important for ALL voters. I told the poll worker the last two elections that I WANT them to see my voter card, just on principle. We have to give our name when we vote. What is the difference in showing an ID with our photo and name? No one is being kept away from the polls. In primaries, we already tell a bit about ourselves by the primary we choose. Can't get around that. But no one can force you to vote or to vote a certain way. No one is being intimidated. For once, would the federal government act with sense and approve the requirement of a photo voter ID?
  • by Laura Location: Meridian on Jun 21, 2012 at 09:10 AM
    I have voted in every election since we moved to Meridian in 1977----and I have always had a voter ID card. With that being said, how come it is that every time I have gone to my polling place to vote, I have my voter ID at the ready, and the poll workers tell me I don't need it and that they don't need to see it? Seems like somebody is talking out of both sides of their mouth-----how about making up your idiot minds?
  • by Acacia Location: Meridian on Jun 21, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    Because the state of Mississippi hs a history of discriminating against minority voters, the US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT will decide if this state can implement the proposed voter i.d. law.
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      by Not Surprised on Jun 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM in reply to Acacia
      You mean Eric Holder's dept. of injustice, fat chance there!!!!
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      by NO to voter fraud on Jun 24, 2012 at 02:31 PM in reply to Acacia
      Oh yeah... this admin DOJ will only be in office for a few more months & then the silliness about the Voter ID will end. This is a states' rights issue & the federal government has no business imposing "it's politics" on individual states. On 5/31/08, in Tunica County, MS, a jury convicted the DNC/RBC NAACP leader Terrance Watts who engaged in voter fraud and theft. He was convicted on 10 counts & sentenced to five years in prison. DEMOCRATS Arrested and/or Convicted of Voter Fraud Apparently, there's something going on with absentee ballots. Apr 3, 2012 – Four MORE Democrats arrested for Voter Fraud in Indiana. Mar 19, 2012 – In Texas, evidence of voter fraud abounds. The latest voter-fraud convictions in Troy, NY.
  • by CONFUSED Location: Mississippi on Jun 21, 2012 at 05:06 AM
    With all the privacy and things that we must show i.d. for these days, how can you NOT have an i.d.? Go to the MHP office and get one made.
  • by bearhunters Master on Jun 20, 2012 at 07:53 PM
    .....Are the IDs still 'free' for those withOUT 'acceptable forms'???.....Think about it.....Another thing, if you REALLY wanted to ATTEMPT to have voters show ID in November then why are you taking the 'easy road' by waiting on Justice Dept instead of going to Washington and 'fight', as you put it?..Oh thats right, you know that you'd be fighting a losing battle all together.
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