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Department Of Justice Wants More Info On Mississippi’s Voter ID Law

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 02 Oct 2012 04:19pm | comments
Attorney General Jim Hood.

The federal government wants Mississippi to offer more evidence to show that the state's new voter ID law is not discriminatory. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports the Department of Justice request is the latest in a year long fight over photo identification at the ballot box.

The Department of Justice is asking attorney General Jim Hood for more evidence that it is not the intent or effect of the law to discriminate against poor and minority voters.

In a five page letter sent this week, the department also wants to know what steps Mississippi is taking to ensure voters can obtain an ID.

In a statement, Hood says he can easily supply the documents but also points out that the delay means that the law will not be in effect for the November general election.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann also issued a statement defending the law, saying it will not discriminate against any Mississippian.

The request is another delay for the photo ID requirement.

Mississippi voters overwhelmingly approved voter ID last year, and earlier this year Mississippi lawmakers established the rules to comply with the constitution.

The Justice Department has been reviewing the law for approval since this summer.

Once Attorney General Hood sends the requested information, the US Attorney General will have 60 days to rule if the law can stand.

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Attorney General Jim Hood.


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