State issues 1,011 voter ID cards to datePublished 10:40am Thursday, May 15, 2014
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With the June 3 primary election only two weeks away, the number of voter ID cards issued statewide has reached 1,011, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Wednesday afternoon. The upcoming election is the first in the state to require voter identification.
In the local area, seven voter IDs have been issued in Lincoln County, seven in Copiah County, one in Franklin County and seven in Lawrence County, according to the secretary of state’s office.
“Our research shows only 0.8 percent of Mississippians lack acceptable photo IDs,” Houseman said in a press release Wednesday afternoon. “Our agency and the circuit clerks have been diligently working to reach these voters to ensure they receive a voter ID. This is our first milestone.”
According the secretary of state’s office, the following photo identification cards are acceptable for voters to present at the polls on election day:
• A driver’s license
• A photo ID card 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 ID card
Anyone who does not have a photo ID can obtain a Mississippi voter ID card through the local circuit clerk’s office at no charge. Only state voters who lack an acceptable form of photo ID are eligible to receive a Mississippi voter ID card, which will be issued free of charge. Transportation assistance and birth certificate verification are also available to voters who need a Mississippi voter ID.
Since January, the Secretary of State’s Office has distributed more than1.5-million pieces of literature statewide, educating Mississippians of the new photo ID requirement on June 3.
To get a voter ID card at the circuit clerk’s office, a voter will need to present one of the following types of documents:
• Any expired, but valid, document having the voter’s name and photograph issued by the U.S. government or any U.S. state.
• A birth certificate or any other document with the voter’s full legal name, date and place of birth.
• A Social Security card.
• A Medicare card.
• A Medicaid card.
• A Mississippi Voter Registration card.
• Documentation with a voter’s name and current address issued within the preceding six months.
Lincoln County Circuit Clerk Dustin Bairfield said that even if a registered voter gets to the polls June 3 and does not have a photo ID, he or she will still be allowed to vote an affidavit ballot June 3 and then contact the circuit clerk’s office within five business days to verify his or her identity.
For more information or assistance, voters may call 1-855-868-3745 or visit the Mississippi Voter ID website at www.MSVoterID.ms.gov.
In the Brookhaven area, voters can contact the Lincoln County circuit clerk’s office at (601) 835-3435.