Forrest County has seamless process with voter ID in primary

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The June 3rd primary was the first time Mississippi voters were required to present photo identification at the polls, and Forrest County's voters had no issues, according to circuit clerk Lou Ellen Adams.

"We didn't have problems," said Adams. "Everything went smooth."

Adams said the county issued fewer than 50 voter IDs before the primary. Of the voters in Forrest County, only eight showed up to vote without an ID.

Mississippi law allows voters to fill out an affidavit ballot if they do not have proper identification on Election Day. They are then given no more than seven days to present a photo ID to their circuit clerk in order for their ballot to be counted.

Adams said three of the eight affidavit ballots in Forrest County were counted.

"Two of them were there the next morning, and a couple of days later, I had one come in," said Adams.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said that of the nearly 400,00 voters in the primary, 513 voted affidavit due to lack of a photo ID. Of those, at least 177 returned later to verify identification and have their ballot counted.

"I missed one-tenth of one percent," said Hosemann of the 300 voters that did not return after casting affidavit ballots. "Other than that, we had 99.9 percent of the people educated about ID, and we had just no complaints from anywhere."

Those who wish to vote in the June 24 runoff are required to be registered by May 4. Voters who participated in the Democratic primary are not allowed to vote in the runoff because it is a Republican primary. More details about runoff rules can be found here:

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