Voter ID measure could be placed on 2011 ballot

The long debate over voter ID could be placed in the hands of those casting the ballots.

Mississippians are expected to learn Monday whether a Republican-led petition gathered enough signatures to place a voter identification measure on the 2011 general election ballot. That would require at least 100,000 certified John Hancocks.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is expected to announce whether the petition met its goal in his office in the state capitol Monday afternoon.

Governor Haley Barbour was among those who signed the petition. Republicans pushed hard over the past six months to gather signatures, kicking off a nine-city statewide tour in August.

According to supporters, the Magnolia state needs voter ID to stop election fraud.