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New Campaign Hits Mississippi TVs To Educate About Voter ID

By Jeffrey Hess | Published 09 Dec 2013 04:41pm | comments

Starting in June, Mississippi voters will be required to show a photo ID in order to vote. MPB's Jeffrey Hess reports the secretary of state has unveiled the new voter ID cards and a statewide awareness campaign....

Commercials featuring Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, like this one, will be hitting the airwaves this week in a push to reach Mississippians who currently do not have a photo ID.

The secretary has unveiled a new state voter I-D card that can be issued, free of charge, to anyone that currently does not have one of nine forms of government issued photo ID.

Hosemann says less than 2-percent of Mississippians do not have a photo ID.

"98% of the people will have a driver's license, a passport, a fire arms permit, or student ID. 98% of Mississippians will have an ID already and this won't apply to any of them," Hosemann said.
 
Only people WITHOUT some other ID are eligible for the new voter ID card.

voter ID card booths are going up in every county circuit clerk's office around the state, bringing the total number of ID stations to 92.

The legislature appropriated around 220-thousand dollars to implement the Voter ID program.

Ricky Cole, the executive director of the state Democratic Party which opposes voter ID, says there is still a chance the party could legally challenge the ID requirement.

"If you are in the middle of building something and you have never rolled it out and never tried it out, you cannot say if it is going to succeed or it is going to fail. But you can pay a whole lot of attention. And that is what we are doing, paying a whole lot of attention," Cole said.

While photo booths are currently being installed and clerks are being trained on them right now, the state won't begin issuing ID's until January.

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