Voter Identification
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Subject Matter:
Voter Identification  (See Comments)

Original Filing:

Proposed Ballot Title:
Should the Mississippi Constitution be amended to require a person to submit identification in order to vote?

Proposed Ballot Summary:
This amendment would: require voters to submit one of several forms of valid identification to election workers in order to prove that the voter is registered to vote; allow a person without such identification to sign an affidavit affirming his identity, such affidavit to be verified under procedures established by law; and make it a felony to present false identification or to falsely sign an affidavit of identity in order to vote.

Initiative Petition:

Michael D. Retzer
PO Box 60
Jackson MS 39205-0060

Phone: (601) 948-5191


Town Meeting Location:

Initiative Information:
The official ballot title and ballot summary for an initiative measure are prepared by the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office. Initiative measures are valid for one year. During this one-year period, a petition may be circulated to place the measure on the next statewide general election ballot to allow the voters of Mississippi to determine whether the measure should become a part of the Mississippi Constitution. According to Mississippi law, for an initiative measure to be placed on the ballot, a minimum of 106,190 certified signatures must be gathered, with at least 21,238 certified signatures from each of the five congressional districts as they existed in the year 2000. This required number of signatures represents twelve percent (12%) of the total number of votes cast for Governor in the last gubernatorial general election. Signatures must be certified by county circuit clerks as belonging to registered voters in Mississippi. A completed petition should be filed with Secretary of State, together with a filing fee of $500.00. For more information on the initiative process in Mississippi, consult the Mississippi Constitution of 1890, Section 273, and Mississippi Code Annotated §§ 23-17-1 through 23-17-61 (1972).

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