Monday, May 26, 2014

Still Confused by Voter ID in Mississippi? Here's What You Need to Know.

Winston County Circuit Clerk Kim Ming indicated that there was still some confusion among the public concerning Mississippi's new Voter ID law that will take effect for the first time in the upcoming primary election in June.

Beginning with the June 3, 2014 primary election, all Mississippians voting at the polls will be required to show a photo ID card. Also, individuals voting in person by absentee ballot in the Circuit Clerk’s office prior to the June 3, 2014 primary election Day will be required to show a photo ID.

Eligible voters casting an absentee ballot by mail for the primary election on June 3, 2014, do NOT have to show a photo ID. Also, overseas and uniformed military voting by absentee ballot by email or fax do not have to show a photo ID.

Photo identification will be required to vote in person in all elections held in Mississippi.

Ming indicates that some are misunderstanding the requirements of the law and believe that a state issued "voter ID card" is required to vote. This is not correct. A Voter ID card is only necessary if an individual has no other form of accepted identification with their photograph. All of the following forms of ID are acceptable and will be accepted as ID at the polls:

  • drivers license
  • any photo id card issued by a branch/department or entity of the State of Mississippi.
  • U.S. Passport
  • Govt employee identification cardr
  • firearms license
  • student ID from an accredited Ms university, college or community college
  • U.S. military ID
  • tribal photo ID
  • any other photo ID issued by a branch /department/entity of the U.S. Government or other state government.
If you have any of these forms of Id -You DO NOT NEED to get a Voter ID card.

Only if you do not have any of the above forms of ID - will you need to come to your Circuit Clerk's Office to get a voter ID at no cost. You will need to take at least one fo the following to help the Clerk verify your identity:

  • Any expired but valid photo identity document having the voter's name and photograph issued by the U.S. government or any U.S. state
  • A birth certificate or any other document with the voter's full legal name, date and place of birth
  • A Social Security card
  • A Medicare card
  • A Medicaid card
  • A Mississippi Voter Registration Card
Any of the following, as long as it includes the voter's name and current address:
  • Utility bill issued within the preceding six months
  • Bank statement issued within the preceding six months
  • Paycheck issued within the preceding six months
  • Government check issued within the preceding six months
  • IRS Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement issued within the current calendar year
If you are an eligible Mississippi voter and need transportation assistance, the Ms. secretary of State's Office can  provide a FREE ride to your Circuit Clerk's office to get a Mississippi Voter ID.

Just call their FREE Voter ID hotline at 1-855-868-3745 and tell them where you live. You will be provided the names of local transportation providers to contact to make travel arrangements to fit your needs. A transportation provider will pick you up, take you to the Circuit Clerk's office and bring you home. There is NO charge to you for the ride.  

If you need more information on voter ID , visist the site:  http://msvoterid.ms.gov/