Snowden Frustrated by Death of Voter ID

A Republican lawmaker from Meridian said he is frustrated with members of his own party over a voter ID bill that died this session.

Rep. Greg Snowden spoke about it Monday at the Council of Governments meeting. He was a strong supporter of a voter ID bill, that included provisions for early voting.

The bill passed the House earlier this legislative session, but it died in a Senate committee. Four Republicans voted against it because they are against early voting.

"Unfortunately, four Republican senators killed the bill," said Snowden. "They're all good guys. I think, frankly, they just took their eyes off of the ball and for a moment, they weren't thinking about what they were doing. But instead of changing the bill and sending it back to the House, as is typically the case, they just killed the bill."

The Mississippi Senate voted Monday not to revive debate on a voter identification bill. It fell one vote short of the margin needed for a two-thirds majority it would've taken to revive the dead bill.

Thirty-two senators voted to revive the voter ID bill, but 33 votes were needed.

Supporters say voter ID would help protect the integrity of elections. Opponents say it could be used to intimidate black voters who were once subject to Jim Crow laws.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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