Mississippi Voters Approve Voter ID Proposal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi voters have passed a constitutional amendment to require that voters present government-issued identification at the polls.

The issue has been debated at the Mississippi Legislature for 15 years.

Republican Sen. Joey Fillingane of Sumrall with backing of
the Mississippi GOP launched a petition drive that got the
initiative on the ballot.

The amendment seeks to require every person voting in
Mississippi to show a driver's license or other government-issued photo ID at the polls.

While supporters called it commonsense legislation, opponents said it could be viewed by black citizens as an attempt to diminish minority voting.

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  • by rob on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM
    i challenge anyone to post one good reason why they would not go vote if he/she has to show an ID. while you're at it, please explain why you must post a reply under the name "anonymous"
  • by rob Location: meridian on Nov 11, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    can someone explain how this will limit a registered voter from voting? and how it affects blacks in particular? are black people not allowed to have an ID card? are you also upset that you have to go register with the circuit clerks office to vote? if the poll worker doesn't know you personally you could give your neighbor's name and vote, and then come back later and vote under your name. how would you feel after standing in line for an hour to vote only to find out your name has been used to vote already? someone please tell us how showing an ID would prevent you from voting. one good example of why you won't go vote if you have to show your ID please.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:31 PM
    If the public was accustomed to researching a topic for itself, it would know that voter ID does very little to correct voter fraud. The vast majority of voter fraud exists because of un-purged voter rolls and loosely controlled absentee voters. Don't even mention the potential for voter fraud with the new computer voting machines. But now everyone feels warm a fuzzy because a state-issued ID is required to vote.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 03:57 PM
    @ wow... If you were literate enough to actually READ the story posted, it CLEARLY SAYS it's "the black citizens" who are upset about voter I'd because they "believe" it's a ploy to limit the BLACK voters!! THATS HOW IT'S A BLACK ISSUE!! .... MORON!!!!!!!! next question?????
  • by Wow . . . Location: Meridian on Nov 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM
    Wow @ the anonymous poster who brought the black community. . . oh no I'm sorry . .. "THE BLACKS" into this. How exactly is this a black issue?
  • by SPRITE Location: Meridian on Nov 9, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    I agree with "Glad to see ID pass". No one is trying to stop anyone from voteing. Most everyone has an goverment ID anyway for other reasons. Glad it passed.
  • by Josh on Nov 9, 2011 at 06:22 AM
    Honestly, who doesn't have some type of official ID these days? If you have a problem showing ID, it is either because you have something to hide, or wait....that's why.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 06:04 AM
    Well, no surprise here! The blacks USUAL "battle cry", "someone trying to hold a brotha or sista down"!! I'm glad to see the voter ID pass! Oh, by the way, I don't think the "black community" are the minority anymore, I believe the Hispanic population has them beat by a landslide now-a-days!!!!
  • by Mark Location: Quitman on Nov 9, 2011 at 05:23 AM
    I am glad to see it pass also!!!!! It was funny to cash a check at the bank you have to produce ID. But anyone could vote with just giving their name.
  • by GLAD TO SEE ID PASS on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:21 PM
    This is not an Attempt to Prevent anyone from Voting, It will actually ensure that only those who are registered and Qualified to vote in thier respective Precincts Vote. No one will be able to Vote for anyone else now as has been done in the past elections. We have to have Identification for anything we do and this should have been taken care of 20 years ago. I've had to provide ID all my life for almost anything I do and this is an Amendement I'm proud to see pass.
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