Hosemann solicits final public comment on Voter ID Regulations
Jackson, Miss.With the dust settling from the Supreme Court decision to
strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the Secretary of State¹s
Office is focusing on the implementation of the voter identification.
Implementation regulations were proposed on December 12, 2012 for public
³I intend to make the Voter ID regulations final in the next few weeks, and
I solicit any final comment from any Mississippi voter on those
regulations,² says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. ³I have also
written a letter to the Department of Justice requesting any comment they
may have in regard to the proposed regulations I will now issue for
implementing Mississippi¹s constitutional voter ID requirement.²
To review the proposed regulations, please click the following link:
The Department of Justice previously requested two changes to the
regulations proposed by the Secretary of State¹s Office: (1) to allow the
utilization of a pre-issued Mississippi voter registration card to obtain a
free Mississippi Voter ID and (2) to eliminate the requirement of a voter to
surrender a Mississippi Voter ID, even if the residence address is no longer
current. Those changes have been made. Our State¹s submission was complete
prior to the Supreme Court ruling.
³Open dialog is vital to ensuring every Mississippian who qualifies for a
voter identification card receives one, free of charge without undue
burden,² says Secretary Hosemann.
In the interim, the Secretary of State¹s Office will proceed with ordering
the necessary photographic equipment for Circuit Clerk¹s offices and will
prepare instruction manuals for election commissioners and Circuit Clerks.