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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.

There are a few ways to do that. You can call 1-800-868-3745, email MSVoterID@sos.ms.gov, or visit www.msvoterid.ms.gov.

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

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  1. Barbara Warren
    June 20th, 2012 at 17:53 | #1

    I would love to see voter ID enforced as soon as possible. There are so many good reasons it would take our voting to the next level. There would be no question if a person is who they say they are.

  2. robert barrilleaux
    June 20th, 2012 at 21:28 | #2

    hosmann is doing a great job. let’s face, there are many, many things that require a valid ID. something as importmant as keeping voting honest, a person should be required to provide a valid ID. opponents say this is like the old poll tax are all wet. there is no cost to obtain a valid ID. to travel to get one, hosemann said he will provide a free ride to wherever it is necessary.

  3. robert barrilleaux
    June 20th, 2012 at 21:30 | #3

    hosmann is doing a great job. let’s face it. there are many, many things that require a valid ID. something as importmant as keeping voting honest, a person should be required to provide a valid ID. opponents who say this is like the old poll tax are all wet. there is no cost to obtain a valid ID. to travel to get one, hosemann said he will provide a free ride to wherever it is necessary.

  4. robert barrilleaux
    June 20th, 2012 at 21:30 | #4

    robert barrilleaux :hosmann is doing a great job. let’s face, there are many, many things that require a valid ID. something as importmant as keeping voting honest, a person should be required to provide a valid ID. opponents say this is like the old poll tax are all wet. there is no cost to obtain a valid ID. to travel to get one, hosemann said he will provide a free ride to wherever it is necessary.

    href=”#comment-8659″>@robert barrilleaux

  5. Kathy LeRouge
    June 21st, 2012 at 08:56 | #5

    Please, please, please …. I believe everyone/anyone voting should prove who they are across this country!

  6. Jeanene Williams
    June 21st, 2012 at 11:41 | #6

    I totally agree with the need to have voter ID. Everyone has at least one form of id requirement that is proposed. You have my support on this issue.

  7. bob smith
    June 21st, 2012 at 13:39 | #7

    Voter ID is but another form of a tax and a way to keep people from the voting booth. There are many people who do not have the form of ID listed and they vote. Voting should be encourged by all citzens be they land owners, women and all races with no restrictions, none.

  8. Janice Thompson
    June 21st, 2012 at 17:49 | #8

    All Americans who cash a check, pick up prescriptions, buy cigarettes or alcohol must show an ID. This law is good for Mississippi.

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