Need a voter ID? Hosemann wants to hear from you
One of the arguments opponents of voter ID have used is that identification can be hard for some folks to obtain.
The bill passed this past legislative session – in response to last fall’s ballot initiative – contains provisions for a free ID for those who need one to satisfy the law’s requirements. (The Associated Press reported in May that the free ID provision has not yet been fully funded.) Of course, the statute won’t take effect until it gets preclearance from the Justice Department or a panel of federal judges in D.C. A lot of Democrats and Republicans think that’s a long shot.
In case it does happen, though, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is trying to streamline the process of obtaining a free ID.
Hosemann said Monday his office is trying to find “as many people as possible” who need a voter ID, so their information can already be in the system if/when the law is approved.
“If an individual does not have an acceptable form of identification, we encourage them to contact our office,” Hosemann said in a press release Monday.
Acceptable forms of ID are:
A current and valid Mississippi driver’s license
A current and valid ID card issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the state
A current and valid U.S. passport
A current and valid employee ID card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the federal government, the state, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the state
A current and valid Mississippi firearms license to carry a pistol or revolver
A U.S. military ID
A valid tribal photo ID
A student photo ID issued by a Mississippi university, college or community college