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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  • by ed on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:40 AM
    well Ted you are one that has become few that support this guy and congress they do no wrong placed them in "god" state.. your right he has done more then most in 6 months tripled the debt if not more and stand on anything and nothing at the same time plus shown is clue less about the military and no understanding about powers of government and The U.S. Constitution .. and has spent more time using tax payer money for dates, trips, and awards he never earned. Now about ID yes should be would stop a lot of fraud and having dead people vote or others from other states voting that never lived here.. LETS HEAR IT FOR THE LEMONS as they follow this "leader" listen spin as it is god speaking. never once picked up a book and checked out the facts.
  • by Sha Location: Meridian on Nov 19, 2009 at 03:58 PM
    I do think people should show an ID to vote. I do not agree with this TEA Party business that just so happens to have appeared recently. They are a joke!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 19, 2009 at 12:36 PM
    Ted, maybe you should edit what you write before posting it. Reading that mess gave me a headache. We should ALL show ID to vote.
  • by minnie Location: meridian on Nov 19, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    i think everyone should show identification, uless the person handling the know the person personally
  • by seen voter fraud firsthand Location: right here in Lauderdale Co. on Nov 18, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    I think the Tea Party is RIGHT, people SHOULD have to SHOW an ID to vote because within the current system of voter registration/voting, there is cause for error & too many people can vote duplicate in various precincts. I support the Tea Party all the way. I've seen it happen too many times. It has nothing to do with Jim Crow & it's not taking anything away from anyone... it's giving EVERYONE the rignt to ONE vote!
  • by Danny Location: Meridian on Nov 18, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    To Stacy: What? Can you please clarify your thoughts. We have to show our I.D. to purchase beer and tobacco. We have to show our I.D. to write a check, but we do not have to show our I.D. to vote? The argument that it would intimidate older black voters is not valid. They vote, they write checks and some buy the other products mentioned. They have an I.D. This law would apply to everyone, not just the black community. We need only U.S. Citizens who are alive to vote not the ones that are made up and the ones that have died already!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 at 12:25 PM
    Hey Stacy re-read the story or your comments. Either the party is right OR you Should NOT have to show ID to vote.??!!
  • by Carrie Location: Meridian on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:54 AM
    Everyone should have to show their picture ID to vote!!!
  • by Ted Location: Meridian,Ms. on Nov 18, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    I think you should show ID. You pay your money for drivers license and ID put these items to use instead flashing them in some cops face. And with this voter ID in place maybe it lower some of this corrupt that goes on like the popular spring precint, yeah i voted there to. I don't believe in the government missing with certain things, But i sure in the ____ don't support a bunch of tea party wannabes, talking about you work me. when you ask what they mean by that comment-Oh i mean the whole senate and stuff. You wasn't screaming this mess when all the other 40 something president were there enjoying the fat life of Washington D.C.. Now some say that Sarah Palin is they hero. She don't know what shes talking about in interviews and flat out lied well change so misguilded answer on Opra show. I don't care who i make mad in 3 more years things will change not what yall thinking. But for the President Four more years Obama we love you.
  • by Stacy Location: SOMEWHERE HERE ! on Nov 18, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    i THINK THE TEA PARTY IS RIGHT !!! SHOULDNT HAVE TO SHOW ID TO VOTE THATS TAKIN AWAY ONE OF OUR VOTING RIGHTS! AM I RIGHT????
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