Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, striving to get the state’s new voter ID law approved by federal officials, Thursday criticized a national study claiming nearly 50,000 low-income Mississippians could have trouble voting under the law.
The study of 10 states where voter ID requirements have been put in place was released last week by the Brennan Center for Justice, which is located at New York University School of Law.
At the time the study was released, Hosemann’s office chose not to comment. But on Thursday, the Republican secretary of state did comment.
“Our state takes seriously its obligations to qualified voters,” Hosemann said in a statement. “We are working to identify all citizens who may not have an ID, to assist with transportation to a local courthouse, and to provide a completely free voter ID. Sixty-six individuals have contacted our office thus far indicating a need for a voter ID.”