Voter ID Initiative on Nov. 8 Ballot

One initiative on Mississippi's Nov. 8 ballot is about voters being required to show photo identification in order to vote.

One of the main reasons behind Initiative 27 is trying to stop what is called ghost voting.

"I'm sure people have heard the term ghost voting, where people can go in, especially in your large cities, and they know that person doesn't live in that town anymore, and they will ghost vote," said Lauderdale Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson. "They will use that person's name, and the poll workers don't know because they could not ask for ID. So as a whole, we are for voter ID."

Johnson says the Mississippi Circuit Clerks Association is in favor of the initiative.

You may think ghost voting is only a problem in larger cities, but it's only a bigger problem there. Ghost voting can happen anywhere There have been accounts of ghost voting in Lauderdale County.

"We detected ghost voting probably about three years ago," said Johnson. "We just suspected. Lauderdale County is a good-sized county. But your larger counties, like the coast and Hinds County, you know, I would really be worried about large counties. Your small counties, everybody knows each other; the poll workers know each other. And I don't think anybody would try ghost voting."

The Voter ID Initiative is perhaps the least controversial initiative on the ballot, but people's opinions still vary on it.

"Yes, I think they do need voter ID. I sure do," said Doris Lummus of Kewanee.

"I think that the voter ID initiative is a negative thing," said Howard Brookins of Lauderdale County.

"I personally don't feel it's right," said Kyle Ross of Meridian. "If you don't have proper ID, then you don't need to vote."

Click the link below to visit the Mississippi Secretary of State's website for information about the the Voter ID Initiative, as well as those involving personhood and eminent domain.

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