The primary election is less than a week away, and it will be the first election under Mississippi’s new voter ID law. Poll observers went through a last-minute training session Wednesday at Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office. The rules for Tuesday’s election include the highly-debated new law, and the attorney general issued a legal opinion earlier this week. He said that if a poll worker doesn’t ask a voter for an ID, the poll worker could face a misdemeanor charge. “Even if it is your mother, they have to ask,” Hosemann said “They have to ask, and whatever excuse you have got, it won’t work.”
Since January, the state has issued more than 1,200 voter IDs. Hosemann said that only leaves less than one percent of eligible voters still without some form of ID.
Even on Election Day, if a person does not have an ID but wants to cast a ballot, there is an option on the table.
“You will be able to cast a ballot on a special envelope. It’s yellow, and it will stay at the Circuit Clerk’s Office where it will reside for a week, and you can come down with your ID, and that ballot will be pulled and counted,” Hosemann said.