Tips for Voters

Officials in Lauderdale County project well over 60 percent of the 44,000 registered voters to cast ballots Tuesday. They also offer some tips to help
prevent problems at the polls.

One of the most common questions is whether voters will have to show ID when they vote. The answer for some 'yes'.

For Mississippi voters who registered via mail or through a voter registration drive, and you have actually never gone into the courthouse in your county and shown identification to register, you will have to show some sort of ID at the polls.

However, the ID does not necessarily have to contain your picture. Officials say you may use your driver's license, or a current bank statement, or paycheck that has your name and address on it, current utility bills with your name and address on them, or any government document, such as a social security card, that has your name and current address clearly listed.

Also, election officials are advising voters to watch what they wear to the polls.

"You cannot wear any type of campaign literature, such as buttons with photographs on them or 'Vote for ____'-type literature, T-shirts, this sort of thing," said Ann Watts, chair of the Lauderdale County Election Commission.

As for cars with bumper stickers, Watts says they can be parked in front of the precinct while the driver votes. However, they must be moved soon thereafter, or risk getting towed.

Watts said voters who need help must ask for it from a poll worker.

"You must declare that you need assistance when you give them your name at the table, and then that way you can ask anyone of your choice to help you vote," Watts said.

Watts said it's important to remember that your vote will not count unless you press the cast ballot button when you are finished making your choices.

With a larger turnout expected at the polls, curbside voting will be available for the disabled who are most in need.

Meanwhile, voters advised to go to the polls in between peak times, like 9 a.m. to 12 noon, or from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Many people may use the lunch hour to vote, because they work.

"We hope everybody will just be very considerate of all the people around," said Watts.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann reminds all candidates and campaign workers that "it is against the law for any candidate or candidate's representative to distribute campaign literature within 150 feet of a polling location."


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