As Chairman of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus, I would like to express my grave disappointment with statements made by Governor Phil Bryant urging the showing of photo identification for voting in the upcoming Presidential election. As elected officials, we are responsible for providing clear, concise and accurate information to our constituents, not our opinions.

This type of misleading information coming from the Governor of our great state, is confusing and intimidating to voters in an already fragile process. We should all follow the law, and right now, only “FIRST TIME VOTERS” who registered by mail will have to show ID because of Federal Law. As members of the legislature, let’s keep our information accurate and try to keep our opinions to ourselves. Mississippians deserve the best we can give.

We will further discuss this matter and others at a news conference on Monday, November 5, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. in the Second Floor Rotunda of the Capitol.

Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones
11/2/12