Mississippi to issue new voter ID cards in January - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Mississippi to issue new voter ID cards in January

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

If you plan to vote next year in Mississippi and don't have a proper photo ID, don't wait to get one. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced Monday that circuit clerks across the state will begin issuing Mississippi Voter ID cards in January 2014.

Voter ID will be in effect beginning with the June 3, 2014 Primary Election. That means any voter casting a ballot at the polls on June 3rd or by absentee ballot in person at the Circuit Clerk's Office prior to the June 3rd Primary Election will be required to show an acceptable form of photo ID. 

"We are committed to ensuring everyone who is qualified to vote has the opportunity to cast a ballot, and we need your help," Secretary Hosemann said.  "With the holiday season around us, many of you will be out volunteering in your communities.  If you know of anyone who lacks an acceptable form of photo ID, we ask you to contact our office so we can provide a free photo ID  in advance of the June 3rd Primary." 

If a voter does not have any documentation proving their identity, Circuit Clerks may verify their birth record free of charge.  If they need transportation to a Circuit Clerk's office, the Secretary of State's Office will even facilitate transportation free of charge.  

The cards aren't for everyone. Only voters who don't have an acceptable form of photo ID will receive a free Mississippi Voter Identification Card, which will show the photo, name, address, and county of the voter. The card prominently states it is to be used "For Voting Purposes Only" and will contain several security features. It will not contain the voter's date of birth. 

"We wanted to make the photo and the name of the voter the prominent features, but we did not want the card to resemble a driver's license.  The card does contain security features to inhibit unauthorized duplication," Secretary Hosemann said. "We are dedicated to ensuring anyone who does not have an acceptable ID receives one at no cost," added Secretary Hosemann.

"We will travel across the state implementing a massive voter outreach campaign to inform the public of the requirement.  We have met with political parties in the state and many other organizations and interest groups, asking for their assistance with implementation.  Over 62 percent of Mississippians approved a constitutional voter ID requirement.  With your help, we look forward to assisting our local election officials with implementation."   

For more information regarding the voter ID requirement, or for Voter ID outreach materials, contact the Secretary of State's office at 1-855-868-3745 or visit www.MSVoterID.ms.gov.

Copyright 2013 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • A.J. Giardina throws out a Shuckers ceremonial first pitch

    A.J. Giardina throws out a Shuckers ceremonial first pitch

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:06 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:06:10 GMT
    A.J. Giardina poses for a picture with Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes Junior after throwing a ceremonial first pitch (WLOX Sports)A.J. Giardina poses for a picture with Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes Junior after throwing a ceremonial first pitch (WLOX Sports)
    A.J. Giardina poses for a picture with Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes Junior after throwing a ceremonial first pitch (WLOX Sports)A.J. Giardina poses for a picture with Shuckers outfielder Troy Stokes Junior after throwing a ceremonial first pitch (WLOX Sports)

    A.J. Giardina may be done with is broadcasting career, but he still has a few throws left in the 'ole cannon.  The Biloxi Shuckers honored the recently-retired WLOX legend, showing a tribute video on the jumbotron honoring his 39 years covering South Mississippi, and with a ceremonial first pitch.  

    More >>

    A.J. Giardina may be done with is broadcasting career, but he still has a few throws left in the 'ole cannon.  The Biloxi Shuckers honored the recently-retired WLOX legend, showing a tribute video on the jumbotron honoring his 39 years covering South Mississippi, and with a ceremonial first pitch.  

    More >>
  • Officials asking for public assistance in dolphin shooting investigation

    Officials asking for public assistance in dolphin shooting investigation

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:02 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:02:18 GMT
    (Photo source: IMMS)(Photo source: IMMS)
    Photo Credit: IMMSPhoto Credit: IMMS

    On April 30, a call came into the Institute for Marine Mammal (IMMS) studies about a stranded dolphin. When the stranding team arrived, they found a dolphin that had been shot, washed up in a drainage canal in Waveland.

    More >>

    On April 30, a call came into the Institute for Marine Mammal (IMMS) studies about a stranded dolphin. When the stranding team arrived, they found a dolphin that had been shot, washed up in a drainage canal in Waveland.

    More >>
  • Zack Brown: leading the Southern League, leading the way for Biloxi

    Zack Brown: leading the Southern League, leading the way for Biloxi

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:59:08 GMT
    Zack Brown celebrates with his teammates after leading the Shuckers to a win over Mississippi, clinching the 2018 First Half Southern League South Division ChampionshipZack Brown celebrates with his teammates after leading the Shuckers to a win over Mississippi, clinching the 2018 First Half Southern League South Division Championship
    Zack Brown celebrates with his teammates after leading the Shuckers to a win over Mississippi, clinching the 2018 First Half Southern League South Division ChampionshipZack Brown celebrates with his teammates after leading the Shuckers to a win over Mississippi, clinching the 2018 First Half Southern League South Division Championship

    Zack Brown reflects on his stellar 2018 campaign to this point, including his complete, one-hit performance against Mississippi to lead the Shuckers to the First Half Southern League South Division Championship. 

    More >>

    Zack Brown reflects on his stellar 2018 campaign to this point, including his complete, one-hit performance against Mississippi to lead the Shuckers to the First Half Southern League South Division Championship. 

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Mega Millions winning numbers announced for $422 million jackpot

    Mega Millions winning numbers announced for $422 million jackpot

    Friday, July 20 2018 11:01 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:01:17 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 11:26 PM EDT2018-07-21 03:26:27 GMT

    This is the second highest jackpot of the year. The highest was $533 million, won by Richard Wahl of New Jersey in April. 

    More >>

    This is the second highest jackpot of the year. The highest was $533 million, won by Richard Wahl of New Jersey in April. 

    More >>
  • SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:53:18 GMT
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly