Voter ID law takes effect with June 3rd primary election

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - For the vast majority of Mississippi voters, it simply means showing your driver's license when you go to vote. The state's new voter ID law takes effect next month, beginning with the June 3rd primary election.

You've most likely heard about it by now.

"There's been a lot of advertisement about it. Of course, now it is a state law. And the primary in June is the first time that they will have to show their picture ID," said Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker.

More than 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved the constitutional amendment that now requires citizens to present a photo ID before casting a ballot.

"What they're looking for is to verify the person that's coming to vote, with the picture ID, that it's the same person," said Parker.

A representative from the Secretary of State's office appeared before Harrison County supervisors Monday morning, spreading the word about voter ID.

"I'm really here to make sure that you are aware, as supervisors and elected officials, but also maybe you know people in your area that need a voter ID," said Sherri Carr Bevis. "There's a very small percentage of the population that needs this ID. But we want to make sure on June 3rd that everybody has the ID."

So far, statewide, just 850 voter identification cards have been issued. In Harrison County, just 17 have been issued since January.

Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker told WLOX News she's not at all surprised by the low number of voter ID cards issued. After all, she says, these days most everyone has either a driver's license or some other form of photo ID.

There are ten different types of photo ID listed by the secretary of state's office that are acceptable at the polls.

"Most everybody should know now that they have to have a picture ID to go vote in the June primary election," said Parker.

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