From Staff Reports
With the June 3rd Primary Elections upcoming, Choctaw County residents should be aware of new changes that are required for them to place their votes and let their voices be heard.
Beginning with the June 3, 2014, Primary Election, all Mississippians voting at the polls will be required to show a photo ID card. Also, individuals voting in person by absentee ballot in person in the Circuit Clerk’s office prior to the June 3, 2014 Primary Election Day will be required to show a photo ID. Eligible voters casting an absentee ballot by mail for the Primary Election on June 3, 2014, do NOT have to show a photo ID. Also, overseas and uniformed military voting by absentee ballot by email or fax do not have to show a photo ID.
Any one of the following types of photo IDs may be used on Election Day:
- A driver’s license
- A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi
- A United States passport
- A government employee ID card
- A firearms license
- A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
- A United States military ID
- A tribal photo ID
- Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
- A Mississippi Voter Identification Card
The law provides that an individual without ID can cast an affidavit ballot which will be counted if the individual returns to the appropriate circuit clerk within five days after the election and shows government-issued photo ID.
Voters with a religious objection to being photographed may vote an affidavit ballot, which will be counted if the voter returns to the appropriate circuit clerk within five days after the election and executes an affidavit that the religious exemption applies.
Voters may use an expired photo ID on Election Day provided it is not more than 10 years old. The expired ID must contain the name and photograph of the voter, and have been validly issued by the federal or a state government.
As of May 12, 2014, the State of Mississippi has issued 15 Mississippi Voter ID cards in Choctaw County.
A Mississippi Voter ID can be obtained free of charge in the Circuit Clerk’s office if a voter has no other acceptable form of ID.
This Voter ID card is for voting purposes only and cannot be used for any other identification purposes.
Anyone having questions about the photo ID requirement should call the Secretary of State’s Voter ID hotline at 1-855-868-3745 or 1-844-678-6837 or they may visit www.MSVoterID.ms.gov or email to MSVoterID@sos.ms.gov.