Voter ID Initiative on Nov. 8 Ballot

One initiative on Mississippi's Nov. 8 ballot is about voters being required to show photo identification in order to vote.

One of the main reasons behind Initiative 27 is trying to stop what is called ghost voting.

"I'm sure people have heard the term ghost voting, where people can go in, especially in your large cities, and they know that person doesn't live in that town anymore, and they will ghost vote," said Lauderdale Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson. "They will use that person's name, and the poll workers don't know because they could not ask for ID. So as a whole, we are for voter ID."

Johnson says the Mississippi Circuit Clerks Association is in favor of the initiative.

You may think ghost voting is only a problem in larger cities, but it's only a bigger problem there. Ghost voting can happen anywhere There have been accounts of ghost voting in Lauderdale County.

"We detected ghost voting probably about three years ago," said Johnson. "We just suspected. Lauderdale County is a good-sized county. But your larger counties, like the coast and Hinds County, you know, I would really be worried about large counties. Your small counties, everybody knows each other; the poll workers know each other. And I don't think anybody would try ghost voting."

The Voter ID Initiative is perhaps the least controversial initiative on the ballot, but people's opinions still vary on it.

"Yes, I think they do need voter ID. I sure do," said Doris Lummus of Kewanee.

"I think that the voter ID initiative is a negative thing," said Howard Brookins of Lauderdale County.

"I personally don't feel it's right," said Kyle Ross of Meridian. "If you don't have proper ID, then you don't need to vote."

Click the link below to visit the Mississippi Secretary of State's website for information about the the Voter ID Initiative, as well as those involving personhood and eminent domain.


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  • by Shelton Location: Jackson, ms on Nov 4, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    The only possible reason I can think of for someone to be opposed to the Voter ID amendment, is that they are for continuing the ghost voting and fraud. THEre is no viable argument against it. Has nothing to do with color, even if you're green you should have to have an ID to vote.
  • by Paw Paw Location: Union on Nov 4, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    It Aways Seems To be Racial To Black People if They Didn't Come Up With The Idea.Why In The world Would This bill be Constructed To Harm Anyone.This Bill Was Put On The Ballot to Keep The Elections Honest.I Cant believe That Anyone Would Object To Presenting I D Before They Vote Unless They have something To Hide..
  • by Confused on Nov 4, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    I always try to seek out both sides to a story before I form an opinion. Can somebody give me a rational explanation of why this initiative will disenfranchise only black people? I heard somebody say that on the news, and I could not see why it would be biased against only black people. Aren't the same requirements for picture ID required for both blacks and whites?
  • by SunnyDays on Nov 3, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    Voter ID is a must to stop voter fraud in all states. If you are against it, then you probably participated in the fraud in the 2008 election. I witnessed a full day of it that day!
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