(Hernando, MS) Mississippi does not have an active voter ID law just yet.
But, Governor Phil Bryant set off a storm of controversy by urging voters to show ID when they vote Tuesday.
Mississippi is still waiting for the US Justice Department to approve its voter ID law.
The DOJ must make sure the law doesn’t exclude or make it harder for voters.
That’s not stopping Governor Bryant, “If you have to show ID to buy cigarettes or to buy alcohol, you should have to show it to vote.”
But until it’s the law of the land, election officials won’t ask for it.
“I don`t think our people will have any problem with it. DeSoto has always been ahead of the curve and we’ve got good people out there,” said DeSoto Election Commissioner Carl Payne.
Right now, all you have to do is show up, and claim to be someone on the voter roll.
Bryant points out, even President Obama must show picture ID, “If it’s good enough for the President, it certainly should be good enough for the people of Mississippi”.
State Democrats call Bryant`s idea of showing ID tomorrow, confusing, “We don’t have voter ID and Phil Bryant ought to make that clear,” said Rickey Cole, head of Mississippi’s Democratic Party.
Meantime, election officials say they don’t care what ID, if any voters bring to the polls.
“If a person comes in and they want to show us a picture of their grandchildren, that’s entirely fine with us if we';re not real busy,” said Payne.
Right now, there’s no word on when or if the US Justice Department might sign off on Mississippi’s voter ID plan.