Voter ID will not be required during March 13 elections
by MBJ Staff
Published: March 5,2012
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says Mississippi voters won’t have to show identification to cast ballots in the March 13 presidential and congressional primaries.
That’s because the state has not yet sought federal approval for a voter ID state constitutional amendment that voters approved this past November.
The U.S. Justice Department must approve any changes to voting procedures in Mississippi because of the state’s history of racial discrimination.
Legislators are working on plans to implement voter identification, including ways to pay for photo ID for any person of voting age who doesn’t have a driver’s license. Until they are finished, Hosemann can’t seek Justice Department approval.
He says he hopes Mississippi’s plan will receive federal approval by mid-September so it can be implemented for the federal election in November.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
Top Posts & Pages
- District at Eastover construction to start later this year
- Fervor grows for Tuscaloosa Marine Shale
- Stabenow, Cochran brace for full Senate vote on Farm Bill
- Ex-Northwest Rankin coach David Coates dies before drug trial
- Keeping Our Eye On Nathan McNeill
- Counties ‘hoping to get it right’ as they await Tuscaloosa Marine shale boom
- Forward-thinking power companies transform “disruptions” into opportunities
- OUR VIEW: USM makes right call by calling off tornado relief campaign