Voter ID Gets Place on 2011 Mississippi Ballot

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says petitioners gathered more than enough signatures to put a voter ID initiative on Mississippi's ballot in November 2011.

Hosemann said Monday his office had determined that 131,678 signatures of registered voters were collected. That's significantly more than the minimum 89,285 needed.

Republican organizers submitted the signatures last month, and the secretary of state's office spent weeks double-checking the numbers.

Mississippians will be asked to decide whether the state constitution should be amended to require each voter to show a government-issued photo identification at the polls.

Supporters say voter ID would help deter fraud, while opponents say it could decrease turnout among older black voters who were once subject to Jim Crow laws.


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  • by FightThePower on Mar 12, 2010 at 12:15 PM
    Thank you for the corrections and pointing them out, much is appreciated. Am also glad to know that people DO realize that voting is a right. I think that by allowing IDs to be shown as part of the voting process takes some of those rights away. As previously mentioned, when a person obtain a driver licese it is a privilege. By showing ID at voting booths tells me that I no longer have a right anymore but more of a PRIVILEGE. While it is true that issues need to be addressed such as "dead people voting", etc. I think thats more of a census issue and officals to do better jobs in handling this problem but to do it in a way that cringe on the rights of people??......Now about this healthcare which I have NO idea how it relates, no I do not think healthcare is a right.......Atleast not yet.....All Rise!
  • by Its About Time Location: Meridian on Mar 12, 2010 at 06:15 AM
    To Fight the Power- since you want to criticize my grammar, I’ll go ahead and critique yours as well… let’s start with the first sentence- the second word should be amazes not amazing. Now, moving on to the third sentence- “they did not showing of an ID” is not proper grammar either & the word requirement was misspelled. Continuing with sentence #5- the first word should be It’s not Its. Next sentence- you misspelled writing. (There are more errors, but I will skip to the last sentence- “victimed” is not a word in the English language- I believe you may have meant victimized) Now, putting aside your complaints about grammar, I’ll address your response- Yes voting is a Right. But, I don’t want my Rights taken away from me by people who aren’t even living or actual U.S. citizens! What I mean is this- when illegals and deceased people’s votes are counted due to voter fraud, the votes of the true citizens are not heard. I guess you also think Healthcare is a Right- get real!
  • by FightThePower on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    ...All Rise!
  • by FightThePower on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:51 PM
    It amazing me as to the way some people (Itsabouttime) write such a comment without forming a proper sentence. It also concerns me on the way some people such as (Hal) can be in denial. When people fought hard to allow women and other folks to vote they did not showing of an ID as a requirment. Do you want to know why? Its because voting is a RIGHT. Another point that I'd like to make towards your denial is the fact that obtaining loans, writting checks, etc., all those things are a PRIVILEGE. Maybe I'll simplify it for you by asking this question. When you obtained your drivers license, was it a privilege or a right? If you are confused about this question, just ask your local Police Dept. or the Hwy Patrol and Im sure they will be glad to tell you the answer. To those who had questions and/or concerns about me being affiliated with ACORN, the answer is no. Finally, to the "Truth". Its so obvious that you have not even begun to know the "truth". It's our RIGHTS that are being victimed.
  • by Realist Location: Laud. Co. on Mar 11, 2010 at 04:58 PM
    Pay attention to opponents of this. ONLY crooks and wrongdoers will oppose it.
  • by MedicineMan Location: Mississippi Talk forum on Mar 9, 2010 at 04:40 PM
    This make sense. One of the FEW ideas that have lately. Maybe we can stop the DEAD from voting now. Voter fraud is alive and well all over the country. ACORN workers just got busted yesterday and charged for several counts of it. This would deter our vote from being hijacked by criminal elements and groups.
  • by Truth Location: Meridian on Mar 9, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    As an African American and an Independent, I believe this will make sure that every vote is legal and counts. I can understand both sides, but instead of living in the past can we for once as a state move forward into the future, rather than always talking about the past but never finding solutions to make things better. Stop playing the victim and lets wake up for once.
  • by Finally Some Good News Location: Meridian on Mar 9, 2010 at 08:31 AM
    Not sure what FightThePower is talking about... seems that maybe he/she is not concerned with voter fraud. FightthePower- Do you work for ACORN by any chance?? Just asking. I've always wondered why we didn't have to show id to vote. This is a great thing that will help keep elections legitimate!
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Mar 9, 2010 at 07:24 AM
    This is one of the few things that have made sense in the last couple of years around here.... Isn't it ironic, the people who are voting on wrether to have voter ID or not, don't have to show an ID to vote on it.... thnik about it... VETERAN
  • by Hal on Mar 8, 2010 at 09:27 PM
    This means the people who bother to go vote in the 2011 state elections can have their say. That's not taking away anyone's right to vote! The people will decide, not any government power. Besides, we show ID to write a check, get on an airplane, apply for a loan, buy a car, obtain certain prescriptions and don't think twice about it, but it's asking too much to show ID to vote? How do you figure that?
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