Voter ID Required for Some for First Time

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

About two percent of Mississippi voters will have to show a driver's license or other ID before voting this November. They are people who mailed in voter registration forms since Jan. 1, 2003, are participating in their first federal election, and whose addresses have not been verified by election officials.

The secretary of state's office said postcards were mailed Tuesday to the 40,256 people who fit the categories to show ID. The most recent figures available show Mississippi had nearly 1.8 million registered voters.

Bills requiring all Mississippi voters to show identification have failed the past several years in the Legislature amid arguments about whether ID would help ensure election integrity or would be used to intimidate older voters who once had to pay poll taxes.

The ID requirement for first-time voters who register by mail came from the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002.

The valid forms of ID are:

  • A current and valid form of photo identification, such as a driver's license.
  • A current utility bill with the voter's name and address.
  • A bank statement with the voter's name and address.
  • A government check with the voter's name and address.
  • A paycheck with the voter's name and address.
  • Any other government document that shows the voter's name and address.

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