A judge has ruled that Pennsylvania voters won’t have to show photo identification to cast ballots on Election Day, a move that could help President Barack Obama in a presidential battleground state.
Federal officials are pushing Mississippi to do more to prove that voter identification requirements won’t discriminate against minorities.
Deidra Reese isn’t waiting for people to come to her to find out whether they are registered to vote.
JACKSON — Mississippi’s photo voter identification law may survive legal challenges because the state has made plans to provide free ID cards in many locations,
Imagine a system where you go to a government office and jump through the appropriate hoops to get a driver’s license. But you don’t get to keep your license. They keep it for you. Well, they keep a list of people who are approved.
As more states put in place strict voter ID rules, an AP review of temporary ballots from Indiana and Georgia, which first adopted the most stringent standards, found that more than 1,200 such votes were tossed during the 2008 general election.
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday he’s trying to determine how many people in Mississippi lack the type of photo identification that might eventually be needed for voting.
In last November’s election, 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a driver’s license or other form of photo ID at the polls. House Bill 921, passed this spring by the GOP-controlled Legislature and signed by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, aims to put the mandate into law.
The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal officials to block what will likely become the state’s new voter ID law, contending it will violate the 1965 Voting Rights Act by diminishing the voting strength of minorities.
A Mississippi voter ID bill is headed to Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who has said he supports it as a way to protect the integrity of elections.
A controversial bill, which would require photo identification in order to vote, passed the state Senate 34-14 Tuesday, but local opponents say the fight is far from over.