Mississippi Voter ID initiative gets a place on 2011 ballot

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March 9, 2010

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JACKSON, Mississippi: The Mississippi Secretary of State has confirmed that the Mississippi Voter Identification Petition will appear on the November 2011 statewide ballot. The measure, if successful, would require Voter ID at the polls in the state. According to officials a total of 131,678 signatures were filed with the state; surpassing the minimum number of required signatures - 89,285.[1] Initially the measure was aimed for the 2010 ballot, however, supporters missed the October 2009 deadline. Supporters argue that voter identification is necessary to stop election fraud in Mississippi. Measure sponsor, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said that voter ID may not be the perfect solution to ending voter fraud but it is a step in the right direction. "It would not be correct to say that voter ID is the answer to each and every one of our voting problems. We have absentee ballot–fraud issues. We have affidavit ballot–fraud issues," he said. Opponents, however, contend that the requirement may decrease voter turnout (i.e. those without drivers licenses). Sen. David Jordan said,"I still think it is a barrier that is going to hurt poor people who struggled to get the right to vote."[2]

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