Jackson, Miss.—Proposed administrative rules for the new voter photo identification requirement in the State of Mississippi have been delivered to the United States Department of Justice for approval.
“These administrative rules reflect a comprehensive plan to implement Constitutional voter photo identification in Mississippi, once we receive preclearance from the Department of Justice or the federal courts,” explains Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Our Agency is proposing procedures to ensure every eligible voter who does not currently have acceptable photo ID will be able to obtain an ID easily and free of charge.”
Under the proposed rules, any voter who lacks an acceptable photo ID may obtain a free voter photo ID card from a Mississippi Circuit Clerk’s Office by presenting the same identification materials accepted when an individual registers to vote under the federal Help America Vote Act.
The Secretary of State’s Office has entered into an agreement with the Department of Vital Statistics to allow Circuit Clerks to verify birth records of voters who cannot provide these materials, at no cost to the voter. The Secretary of State’s Office also has entered into an agreement with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to utilize existing transportation services to provide free transportation for voters who need a free voter ID card but lack transportation to the Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Over 99% of citizens are within twenty (20) miles from a Mississippi Circuit Clerk’s Office. The Secretary of State makes the submission as chief elections officer of the State of Mississippi and as an official authorized under State law.
A November 2012 General Election survey of 6,000 Mississippi voters showed only 0.8% of respondents reported having none of the eight forms of acceptable photo identification.