Monday, June 18, 2012

Need A Voter ID?

News from the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office

No Voter ID? Let us know.

Jackson, MS—If you need assistance obtaining a free Mississippi Voter ID card when the requirement is approved, the Secretary of State’s Office wants to hear from you.

“Our Office is taking a proactive, rather than reactive, approach to the constitutional change,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We are hoping to find as many people as possible who need a voter ID while we are awaiting approval. We can then expedite the process for getting them the proper identification later.”

“This requirement will allow individuals who may have been unable to afford, or has concerns about the voting process, a means for acquiring a form of identification in the free voter ID card,” says Secretary Hosemann. “This voter ID will help shorten the time to vote and ensure only you cast your ballot.”

Over 62% of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional initiative in the November 2012 General Election requiring voters to show identification at the polls. The requirement must now be approved by either the Department of Justice or the federal courts.

“If an individual does not have an acceptable form of identification, we encourage them to contact our Office,” adds Secretary Hosemann. “We want to ensure everyone who needs a voter ID receives one when the requirement is approved. By providing us their information early, they will go to the head of the line. We will also solicit free transportation to your county courthouse to anyone who needs transportation.”

Individuals who will need a free voter ID are encouraged to contact the Secretary of State’s Office:

  • Toll-Free: 1-855-868-3745
  • Website: www.MSVoterID.ms.gov
  • Email: MSVoterID@sos.ms.gov

Acceptable forms of identification include:

  • A current and valid Mississippi driver’s license;
  • A current and valid ID card issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the State of Mississippi;
  • A current and valid United States passport;
  • A current and valid employee ID card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government, the State of Mississippi, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the State;
  •  A United States passport;
  •  A current and valid Mississippi firearms license to carry a pistol or revolver;
  •  A United States military I.D.;
  •  A valid tribal photo ID; or
  •   A student photo ID issued by a Mississippi university, college, or community college.
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