Voter ID Not Required in November

Mississippi voters are not required to show a photo ID to participate in the Nov. 6 election.

Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson says she gets phone calls daily about this issue, and believes voters are confused.

Mississippi voters approved a Voter ID Amendment by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent in the 2011 state elections. However, it has not yet received approval from the U.S. Department of Justice. Until then, the measure will not be enforced.

The only voter who would need to produce a photo ID Nov. 6 are those who registered by mail through the so-called "Motor Voter Law", which has been in place since the 1990s.

Those who registered to vote in person at the Department of Public Safety won't be required to show a photo ID to vote, nor will those who registered to vote through their circuit clerk's office.


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