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MS voters required to present photo ID at polls

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(WMC-TV) - One of the voting requirements will change in Mississippi. Voters will have to present a photo ID before they can vote.

The state is making provisions to ensure residents exercise the right to vote.

After some controversy, the Supreme Court gave the state the ok for changes to voting laws.

Right now, people say voting at the polls is easy. 

"I register I go, and I vote, never had any problem," said voter Evelyn Veasly.

But starting next summer there is likely to be a new requirement for a photo ID.

"With your driver's license or ... government ID, you're going to know who that person is," said Southaven resident Linda Brewer.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the law was held for approval from the Supreme Court for states like Mississippi with histories of racial discrimination. Hosemann hopes it will cut down on voter fraud.

"It's very , very disconcerting to have somebody cast their ballot and find somebody has voted their ballot, so this ID will help cure that," said Hosemann.

According to Hosemann, less than one percent of the population does not have a valid ID. He said the state will provide free photo IDs, birth certificate certification, and rides to the circuit clerks offices to get the required IDs.

"If that's the case, and absolutely free transportation, and free at no cost to get the photo – then that's not a problem as long as you're doing it with the intent to ensure that only registered and qualified voters are allowed to vote," said Veasly.

Hosemann said he still wants to hear citizen proposals for changes. In the meantime, his office will start ordering cameras to take voters' pictures in the 92 circuit clerk offices across the state.

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