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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 09, 2013
 
CONTACT: Pamela Weaver, (601) 270-4100

Secretary of State rolls out Voter ID Outreach Campaign

Jackson, Miss. - Voter ID will be in effect beginning with the June 3, 2014 Primary Election.  Any voter casting a ballot at the polls on June 3rd or by absentee ballot in person at the Circuit Clerk's Office prior to the June 3rd Primary Election will be required to show an acceptable form of photo ID.

"We are committed to ensuring everyone who is qualified to vote has the opportunity to cast a ballot, and we need your help," says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  "With the holiday season around us, many of you will be out volunteering in your communities.  If you know of anyone who lacks an acceptable form of photo ID, we ask you to contact our Office so we can provide a free photo ID  in advance of the June 3rd Primary."

If a voter does not have any documentation proving their identity, Circuit Clerks may verify their birth record FREE of charge.  If they need transportation to a Circuit Clerk's office, the Secretary of State's Office will facilitate transportation FREE of charge.

Only voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID will receive a FREE Mississippi Voter Identification Card.  Circuit Clerks will begin issuing Mississippi Voter ID cards in January 2014.

Individuals who already have an acceptable form of photo ID are not eligible for a Mississippi Voter ID card.  The Mississippi Voter ID Card will prominently show the photo, name, address, and county of the voter.

The card prominently states it is to be used "For Voting Purposes Only" and will contain several security features.  The card will not contain the voter's date of birth.

"We wanted to make the photo and the name of the voter the prominent features, but we did not want the card to resemble a driver's license.  The card does contain security features to inhibit unauthorized duplication," says Secretary Hosemann.

"We are dedicated to ensuring anyone who does not have an acceptable ID receives one at no cost," adds Secretary Hosemann. "We will travel across the State implementing a massive voter outreach campaign to inform the public of the requirement.  We have met with political parties in the State and many other organizations and interest groups, asking for their assistance with implementation.  Over 62% of Mississippians approved a constitutional voter ID requirement.  With your help, we look forward to assisting our local election officials with implementation."

For more information regarding the voter ID requirement, or, for Voter ID outreach materials, please contact the Secretary of State's office at 1-855-868-3745.  Or visit www.MSVoterID.ms.gov or information regarding:

  • What types of photo IDs will be acceptable at the polls.
  • How do I get a FREE Mississippi Voter ID card?
  • What do I need to bring to the Circuit Clerk's Office to receive a FREE Mississippi Voter ID card?
  • How do I receive FREE transportation to the Circuit Clerk's Office to get a MS Voter ID card.
  • What does the FREE Mississippi Voter ID look like?

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