Miss. GOP: Enough names to get voter ID on ballot

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Mississippi Republicans say they have enough signatures to put a voter ID initiative on the November 2011 ballot.

State GOP Chairman Brad White told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the party will submit the certified names to the secretary of state’s office on Thursday. That’s the deadline for the party to end a one-year effort to get registered voters to sign petitions.

White said the party has roughly 120,000 signatures certified by local circuit clerks. That’s more than the minimum 17,857 needed.

Voters would decide whether Mississippians would be required to show a driver’s license or government-issued photo identification card before casting ballots.