Hosemann: Ariz. ruling has no effect on MS voter ID

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office on Monday said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down an Arizona law is not pertinent to Mississippi’s pending voter ID law.

“Mississippi uses the federal form for voter registration developed by the (Election Assistance Commission) which does not require documentary proof of citizenship,” said Hosemann spokeswoman Pamela Weaver. ”The EAC form only requires the applicant state, under penalty of perjury, that he or she is a U.S. Citizen. Therefore, this ruling has no effect on Mississippi.”

The high court on Monday issued a ruling against Arizona’s law, passed as a ballot initiative by voters in 2004, would invalidate a federal voter registration form accepted by all states. The form requires those registering to vote swear they are U.S. citizens. The Arizona law required proof, such as a birth certificate or passport.

Geoff Pender
Clarion Ledger
6/17/13