Vote could end lengthy voter ID debate


The long-running legislative debate over requiring photo identification at Mississippi polling places could end come November.

Legislators have received a petition initiative calling for a statewide referendum on the issue in the Nov. 8 general election. Elections for governor, lieutenant governor and other statewide offices also will be on the ballot, along with two other initiatives — an anti-abortion proposal and one restricting the government’s eminent-domain authority.

Republican organizers, led by Sen. Joey Fillingane of Petal, spent about a year collecting signatures for the voter ID petition, and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann determined that 131,678 signatures of registered voters were collected. Only 89,285 were needed.