Push on for DOJ review of voter ID law

Mississippi officials, undeterred by the federal government’s rejection of a new voter ID law in Texas, are moving ahead with plans to put a similar law in place by the November election.

“We are concentrating our efforts on implementation,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “We’re confident we’re going to meet the constitutional standards.”

The law requires voters to show a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot.

Democratic 2nd District Rep. Bennie Thompson and a host of civil rights and voting rights groups are urging federal officials to reject the law, saying it could turn away millions of minority voters.

Clarion Ledger
3/17/12