Voter registration deadline approaching, photo identification law in place for June 3 primary

The deadline to register to vote in the June 3 primary is this Saturday by noon.

"Whenever they register, they don't have to bring anything with them," said Forrest County Circuit Deputy Clerk LaDonna Townsend. "They just come to the office to fill in the registration application."

The registration process is no different, however what happens at the polls does have some changes due to the voter identification law.

Starting with the June 3 primary, Mississippi voters will have to have some type of photo identification to present before they are given a ballot.

Acceptable forms of photo identification are as follows, according to the Secretary of State's website (

  1. A driver's license
  2. A photo ID card issued by a branch, department, or entity of the State of Mississippi
  3. A United States passport
  4. A government employee ID card
  5. A firearms license
  6. A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college, or community/junior college
  7. A United States military ID
  8. A tribal photo ID
  9. Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any State government
  10. A Mississippi Voter Identification Card

"If the voter does not have acceptable identification, they can come to our office and get a voter ID card," said Townsend.

That card is free of charge. Voters must be registered to vote before applying for a voter ID card. After the application is processed, the card is mailed to the voter.

Those who vote absentee by mail do not have to have photo identification, however if an absentee ballot is cast in person, proper photo identification is required. Overseas and uniformed military workers who vote absentee by e-mail or fax are also not required to show a photo ID.

"99 percent of Mississippians already have photo identification," said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann to WLBT last December. "You'll find less than one percent of the whole population actually needs one of these IDs."

If you are in need of free travel assistance in order to apply for a voter ID card, call 1-844-MS-VOTER (1-844-67-86837).

There is no deadline for voters to receive proper photo identification.

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