JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Despite being passed by Mississippi voters last November, voter ID will not be required for the upcoming election. Attorney General Jim Hood announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice is asking for more information from the state before approving the identification requirement.
"All the DOJ is saying in this response is that they need more details of the State's plan in order to make a determination," said Attorney General Hood. "What this means is that the Voter ID requirement will not be in place before the November election. You will not be required to show ID at the poll until DOJ interposes no objections or pre-clears Mississippi's voter ID bill."
Hood said some of the requested information is already compiled and can be easily provided. Once the state provides the requested information, the DOJ will have 60 days to respond.
Mississippi is not alone in fighting for voter ID requirements. The Justice Department has already shot down similar measures from Texas and South Carolina amid concerns they would dilute minority voting strength.
And just today a judge postponed Pennsylvania's tough new voter identification requirement ordering that it not be enforced in the presidential election.