Thompson praises Arizona decision; hopes courts shoot down voter ID laws

Secretary of state Delbert Hosemann says a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down an Arizona law has no bearing on 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.”

But U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson praised the Arizona decision and said he hopes the courts shoot down “burdensome” voter ID laws, which Thompson equated to “a modern-day poll tax.”

Clarion Ledger