GOP Pushing for Vote on Voter ID

There's a major push being made by Republicans to get voter ID passed in Mississippi.

As part of a three-day, statewide tour the leader of Mississippi's Republican Party made a stop in Meridian to announce the initiative. It's an effort to collect 90,000 signatures to get the voter ID issue placed on the ballot in November 2010.

State party chairman Brad White said this initiative will be handled much like other campaigns.

"I doubt there'll be a lot of calls but I'm interested in seeing us prepare so we can try to mail out some petitions," said White. "In fact, we've done that to key people to help them circulate those and get those back down to us."

"We're trying to get these in by Sept. 15, but October's the deadline," said Lauderdale County Republican Party chairman Scott Carmichael. "If we can't get it in by October, we have until February 2010 to get it done."

Petitions to support the initiative are available at Carmichael's office in downtown Meridian, Missouth Properties, located on the second floor of the Regions Bank building.

Republican leaders say voter ID needs to be passed to cut down on voter fraud.

Over the years this issue has repeatedly died in the legislature. GOP leaders say they now hope to take the issue directly to the voters to let them decide.

The Mississippi Democratic Party has opposed voter ID being required at the polls. The organization issued a news release in response to the GOP statewide tour.

"Just like their counterparts on the national level, the state Republican Party is losing touch with what matters most to the people in Mississippi," said state Democratic chairman Jamie Franks. "People here don't care about politicians' political posturing; people care about their own jobs, putting food on the table and making sure they can afford to go to the doctor when they get sick."

"The courts still have not fully clarified where these signatures must come from," said Democratic Party executive director Sam Hall. "The law says from the state's five Congressional districts, but we only have four Congressional districts today. Until this is clarified by the courts, it looks like a petition drive is getting the cart before the horse.

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  • by Maurice on Aug 5, 2009 at 09:26 PM
    Mack, you have a valid argument assuming everyone is honest, but in the real would people lie, cheat, steal, and commit crimes including voter fraud. Wouldn't your feel more assured of the outcome of elections regardless of your political association. An ID does not in any way infringe a persons right to vote any more than having to register to vote in your proper precenct. Why are Democrats so against IDs? Surly fraud can be found on both sides.
  • by Mack Location: Daleville on Aug 5, 2009 at 01:03 PM
    Question: Why are Republicans so interested in requiring voter id? This harkens back to a time when my father had to pay poll tax in order to vote. It also reminds me of the last presidential election when I was told that I couldn't vote absentee unless I was going to be out of town on election day. When I convinced another employee to give me an absentee affidavit there were at least 10 other reasons that a person could vote absentee. Never mind that voting is a constitutionally protected right. If a person is properly registered to vote, that should be the end of it.
  • by Gary Location: Hickory on Aug 5, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    It's amazing to me that EVERY retailer requires you to have a valid piece of Identification to write a check and people think nothing of it! But ask people for some type of Identification to vote and they get offended!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    I need to have ID to open a checking account, or apply for Social Security, or get a job.The inconvenience of someone having to get a picture ID is minimal compared to the potential for fraud and out right criminal activity in elections without ID. Wow, I just realized the problem, this is common sense.
  • by Maurice Location: Meridian on Aug 4, 2009 at 08:27 PM
    This country is suffering. Democratic spending is bankrupting us, increased taxes is taking more of our paychecks, and the Democracts aren't finished yet. By the time they are finished I fear I will be lucky to have 25% of my check left. ID voters is a good idea, more government spending is a bad idea. Democrats need to listen to those who pay their salery if they want to keep their jobs.
  • by Rita Location: Collinsville on Aug 4, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    I am a Democrat and a patriotic Americian. I believe we need a voter ID to stop voter fraud. If you have a picture ID then it would be impossible to have someone vote twice.
  • by Carolyn Location: Scooba on Aug 4, 2009 at 05:13 PM
    YES, I do think Voter ID should become law. Makes me wonder why the democrates are so against it!!!!
  • by CARL Location: PHILLY on Aug 4, 2009 at 10:03 AM
    WHY IS IT THAT DEMOCRATICS DON'T WANT THIS?MAYBE BECAUSE THEY NOW THERE GETING THESE VOTES. AND THEY TALK ABOUT BEING OUT OF TOUCH. THEY ARE ABOUT BREAK THIS COUNTRY.
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