Voter ID gets place on Miss. ballot in Nov. 2011

Petitioners gathered more than enough signatures to put a voter ID initiative on Mississippi’s November 2011 ballot that will include candidates for governor and other offices, the state’s top elections official said Monday.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said his office had determined that 131,678 signatures of registered voters were collected. That’s significantly more than the minimum 89,285 needed.

Republican organizers, led by Sen. Joey Fillingane of Petal, spent about a year collecting signatures and submitted them last month. The secretary of state’s office spent weeks double-checking the numbers.