Mississippi’s voter identification requirement has gone from an issue of contention during its conception to general acceptance during the run-up to its debut at the polls this June, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said this afternoon.
“When we started this, it was a very divisive issue, but as the implementation has gone on, the opposition has melted away,” Hosemann said during a meeting with the Hattiesburg American editorial board. “We had a vote and it’s constitutional amendment. It wasn’t forced us on by the federal government or the state legislature. Sixty-two percent of the people voted for this, so it was a self-imposed restriction on the integrity of the ballot.
“I think with the implementation, people see us as being fair with everybody, across the board, whether it’s party or politics, religion, race, color, creed, it doesn’t matter. We’re being perceived as being fair, and that’s across every spectrum, political and otherwise, and I really believe (opposition) has melted away, so I’m encouraged.”