Changes for Mississippi Voters

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Meridian, Miss. Tuesday is the first time Mississippi voters will be required to show a photo ID when they vote.

Lauderdale County election commissioner, Wallace Heggie, says you must have your photo ID ready to show when you check in to vote. This is required even if a poll worker knows who you are.

However, Chris Young of the Lauderdale County Republican Executive Committee points out that "No ID does not equal no vote." You can still vote, by affadavit, then you have five working days to bring your photo ID back in.

Another change, for quite a few voters, is where they will vote. Election Commission Chairman Jeff Tate says if your voting precinct changed, you received a card along with a notice telling you where to vote. Tate says there are several reasons for the precinct changes, "The Secretary of State recommends each precinct have at least 500 registered voters, and also not all of our precincts were ADA- (Americans With Disabilities Act) compliant," explained Tate. "And then there were a few precincts that the voters' privacy, at times, could be compromised. So to be proactive and go ahead before that privacy could be compromised, we've made these changes."

If you have any questions regarding voting Tuesday, call your circuit clerk's office.

Lauderdale County 601 482-9731
Newton County 601 635-3210
Kemper County 601 743-2224
Clarke County 601 776-3397
Neshoba County 601 656-4781
Wayne County 601 735-6227

The following forms of photo identification are acceptable in order to vote:

* A driver’s license

* 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.

A voter who does not have photo ID on Election Day will be asked to vote by affidavit ballot at the polling place. The voter will then have 5 business days to show an acceptable form of photo ID, or apply for a Mississippi Voter ID card, at the Circuit Clerk’s office. No voter will ever be turned away from the polls for failing to have acceptable photo ID.