Tea Party Gathers Signatures for Voter ID Initiative

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The brother of Gov. Haley Barbour visited Meridian Tuesday to accept a batch of signatures gathered on voter-identification petitions.

The signatures were collected by MeridianTeaParty.com, a local group that supports limited government.

Jeppie Barbour, like the governor, is a Republican. While Haley Barbour has not attended Tea Party gatherings, Jeppie Barbour spoke to the Meridian group last month.

Jeppie Barbour told The Associated Press Tuesday he looked forward to seeing how many signatures MeridianTeaParty.com collected.

The Republican-led initiative seeks to let voters decide in November 2011 whether Mississippians should show ID before casting a ballot.

Supporters say ID would ensure fair elections. Opponents say it could intimidate older black voters once subject to Jim Crow laws.


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