Mississippi Goes Ahead With Voter ID

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(DeSoto County, MS) Joyce Waddell says voter ID has never really bothered her.

”It makes sense to show who you are, that you’re actually the same person that your voter registration says," she said.

Lawmakers around the country adopted the idea as a way to prevent voter fraud.

Mississippi and Tennessee both passed it, but the federal government stopped Mississippi from moving forward.

Voter ID won approval of 62 percent of Mississippi’s voters in a 2011 referendum. Since then, it’s been stuck in limbo waiting for U.S. Justice Department approval.

Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision took away that roadblock and within hours, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosmann declared voter ID the law of the land.

”He did that before the people could go to lunch. The first think out of his mouth was we’re going ahead with voter ID,” said DeSoto Democratic Party Chairman Samuel Williams.

Democrats like Williams call Hosmann’s move insensitive. He believes voter ID will keep some people from voting since they don’t have proper documentation to get an ID.

He says Hosmann should have waited.

”I thought that statement was irresponsible I think the statement was very untimely and I think he owes at least half the citizens of Mississippi an apology," Williams said.

He points out the next election wont happen for a long time and there was no hurry to enact voter ID.

”As my grandmother used to say, he threw salt in the wound," he said. "So now we’re even more divided”.