Voter ID must be approved by the Department of Justice

Although Mississippi voters have approved requiring people to show identification at the polls, the U.S. Department of Justice will determine if the measure goes into effect.

The state’s history of election discrimination requires the Justice Department approve changes to the voting process – including Initiative 27.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said it’s difficult to predict if and when that approval will be granted.

“I can tell you what time the sun is going to come up, but the Department of Justice has their own timetable,” Hosemann said.

“We will certainly give them a complete application, and we want to work with them on a day-to-day basis to implement voter ID as quickly as we can in Mississippi.”

Clarion Ledger
11/11/11