Mississippi counting how many lack ID under voting bill

By Emily Wagster Pettus/The Associated Press

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he’s trying to determine how many Mississippians lack the type of photo identification that might eventually be required for voting.

The Republican-controlled Legislature voted earlier this year to require each voter to show a driver’s license or other photo ID at the polls.

The requirement can become law only if it receives federal approval. The Justice Department has rejected ID laws from Texas and South Carolina in recent months, amid concerns that they would dilute minority voting strength.

The Mississippi bill says anyone without proper identification can get a state-issued photo card at no cost, but no money was set aside to make them.

Republican Hosemann says Monday that he’s asking people to let his office know if they need ID.

Types of voter ID in proposed Mississippi law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Here’s a glance at the types of photo identification that would be acceptable if Mississippi’s voter ID legislation receives federal approval. The list is in the legislation, House Bill 921:

— A current and valid Mississippi driver’s license.

— A current and valid ID card issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the state of Mississippi.

— A current and valid U.S. passport.

— A current and valid employee ID card containing a photograph of the voter and issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government, the state of Mississippi, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of the state.

— A current and valid Mississippi firearms license to carry a pistol or revolver.

— A U.S. military ID.

— A valid tribal photo ID.

— A student photo ID issued by a Mississippi university, college, or community college.

— A state-issued voter ID card with photo.