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Mississippi To Require Voter ID By 2014

If Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has his way, Magnolia State voters will be required to show photo identification to vote, and it could start as early as 2014.

Hosemann, seizing on the U.S. Supreme Court decision last week to strike down the Voting Rights Act of 1965, is looking to push forward on a voter ID law that was rejected by the federal government in 2011. Now that the Voting Rights Act is null and void, Mississippi is free to set whatever laws it sees fit. Free photo identification is available through the circuit clerk's office.

The Secretary of State is currently soliciting comments from members of the public who have questions or concerns. You can reach the office at (601) 359-1350 or go online and visit the Secretary of State web site at www.sos.ms.gov.

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