MS women asked to check their voter registration

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Mississippi women are being warned to check their voter registration before May 3, if they want to vote in the upcoming June primary. Why are women being singled out?

Rosalind Rawls, executive director of the Commission on the Status of Women, said some women may use their married name on their government-issued ID, but registered to vote under their maiden name or a former married name.

"Voter ID is part of Mississippi's elections now. We don't want any women to be surprised on Election Day when they learn the name on their ID card doesn't match the rolls, and they can't vote," said Rawls said.

Any voter can go to their circuit clerk's office to update their registration. But you only have about two weeks to do so. The deadline to register to vote is noon on May 3.

The June 3 primaries will be the first time voters will need to show a photo identification card to cast a vote. Both the Republican and Democratic parties have primaries for the U.S. Senate and Congress.

According to the Secretary of State's Office, local election officials will determine whether a name on a photo ID is "substantially similar" to the elector's name as it appears on the poll book. Voters who lack acceptable photo ID may simply cast and present acceptable photo ID within five days to the Circuit Clerk's Office.

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