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New Voter ID Law Passes First Real Test Without Trouble

By Sandra Knispel | Published 03 Jun 2014 11:03pm | comments

Oxford, June 3, 2014 -- This was the first election in Mississippi in which the new voter ID law came into play. By all accounts the transition went smoothly.

[Nat sound poll worker directing people to have their ID ready]

A poll worker is directing traffic at the door of the Oxford Mall, the largest polling station for the city. Clearly, the government’s efforts to get the word out about the need for an official photo ID have been successful. Nancy Frohn is the bailiff at this polling station.

“It’s been absolutely perfect. There has not been a single soul that didn’t come in with their ID card in hand. And there has not been one problem here at all with voter ID.”

That of course did not keep some from having to run back to get their ID, like Arthur Miller, a retired grocery manager who had come to the Lafayette County polling station at the Oxford Conference Center.

“I came in without it and now I’ve got to go and get it. Frankly, I don’t know what to think about it. But as long as we have to do it I go ahead and do it. I won’t make a fuss about it.”

On the Gulf coast in Past Christian, poll manager Lisa Lute says it was all smooth sailing.

“No problem with the asking for the IDs. Everybody is willing to give it. And a lot of people have said that’s about time.”

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is clearly pleased:

“It worked really well. We were in 82 counties today, every county had a representative from the Secretary of State’s office in it and we got report after report from Democrats and Republicans that it was going smoothly. People showed their ID – no problems.”

According to the new law, those without ID can vote by affidavit ballot. After that they have five business days to show a photo ID at the circuit clerk’s office, or apply for a Mississippi voter ID card.

Sandra Knispel, MPB News Oxford.

 

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