Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the 2014 primary elections. For the first time, Mississippi voters will be required to show an ID to cast a ballot in the Congressional and Senatorial races.
That means voters will be required to show a drivers license or other government-issued photo identification at the polls.
Voters can use an expired photo ID as long as it's in the form of an acceptable photo ID. The expired ID must contain the name and photograph of the voter, and must not be more than ten years old.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says no voter will be turned away from the polls for failing to have identification. It's still possible to vote on an affidavit ballot. The voter will have five business days to show an acceptable form of photo ID, or they can get one for free at their county courthouse.
"We will be issuing these ID's on election day," said Hosemann. "Our circuit clerks are double timing this so in the event you didn't have an ID and you want to cast a ballot, you can indeed cast a ballot. Go to the circuit clerks office, and we'll issue you one for free."
Hoseman's office offered some tips for Election Day:
Identification: ALL voters will have to present one of the following forms of acceptable photo identification in order to vote:
- A driver's license
- A photo ID issued by a branch, department or entity of the State of Mississippi
- A United States passport
- A government employee ID card
- A firearms license
- A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college
- A United States military ID
- A tribal photo ID
- Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
- A Mississippi Voter Identification card
The Secretary Of States office says they've issued 1,200 voter cards so far. They're anticipating Tuesday's turnout could be light. They say that's in part to negative campaigning in the Senate race.