Posts Tagged ‘voter identification’

Lawmaker to push for online voter registration

JACKSON — State Sen. David Blount, a Democrat from Jackson, is drawing up a bill for the 2014 Legislature to allow online voter registration. The Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday. Blount told The Clarion-Ledger that he doesn’t believe there will be widespread opposition because mail-in voter registration is allowed now. Also, he said the new […] [...]

Hosemann launches voter ID television ads

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top elections official is launching a publicity blitz to bring attention to the state’s voter identification law that’s scheduled to be used for the first time in June. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday that his office is airing two 30-second TV commercials — one that started Monday and one that […] [...]

Lawmakers reject Hosemann’s budget over voter ID

JACKSON — Mississippi senators rejected the secretary of state’s budget yesterday over an argument about paying lawyers to defend a proposed voter identification law. It’s probably just a temporary setback in setting an overall state spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Appropriations Chairman Eugene “Buck” Clarke, R-Hollandale, said he’ll bring the secretary […] [...]

Hosemann touts voter ID study, releases proposed rules

JACKSON — More than 98 percent of Mississippi voters who cast ballots in the general election have one form of acceptable photo identification included in Mississippi’s constitutional voter ID law, according to a survey conducted by Edison Research. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced the findings of what what he believes to be the largest […] [...]

Hosemann thinks new voter ID law will hold up in court

JACKSON — Mississippi’s photo voter identification law may survive legal challenges because the state has made plans to provide free ID cards in many locations, the secretary of state says. Republican Delbert Hosemann told lawmakers he expects the U.S. Justice Department to reject Mississippi’s law after reviewing it under the Voting Rights Act. “It’s likely […] [...]

Hosemann studying Texas decision on voter ID

JACKSON — The Mississippi secretary of state’s office will studying a court ruling that struck down the Texas voter identification law to see if it might have an impact on Mississippi’s law. Pamela Weaver, a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal officials in Hosemann’s office, who have been […] [...]

Hosemann slams recent Brennan Center study of voter ID

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday a voter ID study issued last week misrepresents what’s happening in Mississippi. The study by the Brennan Center for Justice, at the New York University School of Law, estimated 48,000 low-income Mississippians could have trouble obtaining a government-issued photo identification that might eventually be needed to […] [...]

Hosemann, staff trying to avoid problems with Justice over voter ID

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he’s trying to answer all questions that might come up as Mississippi seeks federal approval for its proposed voter ID law. Republican Hosemann tells The Associated Press he and his staff are reviewing documents related to the Justice Department’s rejection of voter ID laws in Texas and […] [...]

Hosemann trying to determine how many lack ID for voting

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday he’s trying to determine how many people in Mississippi lack the type of photo identification that might eventually be needed for voting. In last November’s election, 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a driver’s license or other […] [...]

Gov. Bryant to sign voter ID legislation today

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant plans a ceremony today to sign a voter ID bill. The measure will become law only if it is approved by the U.S. Justice Department. Because of Mississippi’s history of racial discrimination, federal approval is required for any change in election laws or procedures. House Bill 921 would require […] [...]

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