Voter ID Bill Signed, Awaits Federal Scrutiny

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Thursday signed a bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the
polls, but it's unclear whether it will become law.

Because of Mississippi's history of racial discrimination, the state is required to get federal approval for any change in election laws or procedures.

The U.S. Justice Department has rejected voter ID laws from Texas and South Carolina in recent months.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he wants to bypass the Justice Department and ask federal judges in Washington to approve this state's law.

However, Attorney General Jim Hood, the only Democrat in statewide office says it's his duty, not Hosemann's, to submit election laws for federal scrutiny.

Hood says he is taking the voter ID measure to the Justice Department.

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  • by planet earth Location: third planet on May 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
    If Mississippi did not have such a band reputation for being a bunch of readnecks who keep blacks down, the federal government would not have to monitor it to make sure it isnt doing it again. If you get caught once, they will watch you to make sure it does not happen again.
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      by utterly stupid on May 21, 2012 at 07:24 AM in reply to planet earth
      This comment is just stupid. Being black or white is NOT the issue. You have to have ID to buy beer, cigerates, cash a check, get money from the bank...etc. Why should it be a peoblem to show it to vote? If you are not doing anything wrong, then it should not bother you to show it.
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      by Not Surprised on May 21, 2012 at 07:37 AM in reply to planet earth
      And if democrats didn't cheat at elections, voter i.d. wouldn't even be an issue!!!!!
  • by neighbor on May 17, 2012 at 12:18 PM
    How can showing proper ID be racial. What is wrong with asking someone to identify themselves before they vote unless they have something to hide. Could someone please explain to me why is showing your ID be considered racial. Get Real!
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      by huh? on May 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM in reply to neighbor
      why dont you look at a person emp. personel files
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