Study: Voter ID could harm 48,000 MS residents

Published: Jul. 22, 2012 at 9:22 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 23, 2012 at 9:52 AM CDT
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JACKSON, MS (AP) - Mississippians could make up 10 percent of all Americans impeded from voting by new voter identification laws.
The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that 48,000 low-income Mississippians could have trouble obtaining a government-issued photo identification in order to vote, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports.

Overall, the center estimates that 500,000 people across 10 states could face challenges from "restrictive" voter ID laws.
The study comes as the new photo ID law is still awaiting approval by either the U.S Department of Justice or the federal courts to ensure that it does not negatively affect minority voting. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has said he doesn't expect approval in time for the November general election.

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