Mississippi Voter ID Law Gets First Test

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi's new voter ID law appeared to encounter few problems in its first test in Tuesday's primaries.

After polls had been open for several hours, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said fears of problems arising from voters being asked for identification did not materialize.

Voters could present a driver's license or one of numerous other photo identification cards are acceptable, including:

* A photo ID issued by a branch, department or entity of
the State of Mississippi

* A United States passport

* A government employee ID card

* A firearms license

* A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi
university, college or community/junior college

* A United States military ID

* A tribal photo ID

* Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department,
agency or entity of the United States government or any
State government

* A Mississippi Voter Identification card

A voter may use an expired photo ID as long as it is an acceptable form of photo ID (see list above) and is not more than 10 years old. The expired ID must contain the name and photograph of the voter, and have been validly issued by the federal or a state government.

State law says a person without ID may vote by affidavit ballot, which would be counted if the person goes to an election clerk's office within five days to show identification.

Hosemann says his office took limited phone calls regarding voter ID.

Voter turnout appeared light early Tuesday but picked up later in some areas.

There were few local issues on Mississippi ballots Tuesday as federal party primaries dominated.

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