A 30-day petition drive by the Meridian Tea Party to collect signatures needed to get a Voter ID Initiative on ballot next year has exceeded expectations, according to organizers.
“It’s been a good process; hopefully, we’ll be able to turn in over a thousand signatures,” said Paul Tarver, co-founder of the local organization.
Tonight, the signatures – which have been certified by the Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk’s office – will be presented to Jeppie Barbour of the Mississippi Republican Party during a public meeting at the EMEPA Auditorium. Barbour spoke to tea party members in October about the Voter ID Initiative. He will provide an update on the process at tonight’s meeting.
About 90,000 signatures are needed. According to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, more than half have been gathered thus far.
“Last time I checked, they were approaching 55,000 signatures,” Hosemann said last week.