Hosemann solicits final public comment on Voter ID regulations


With the dust settling from the Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the Secretary of State’s Office is focusing on the implementation of the voter identification.  Implementation regulations were proposed on December 12, 2012 for public comment. “I intend to make the Voter ID regulations final in the … Continue reading Hosemann solicits final public comment on Voter ID regulations

SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.


The U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the current enforcement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is one that is likely to stand without an answer from Congress for the foreseeable future. In Mississippi, it means that changes in election law or election procedures as simple as moving a polling place just … Continue reading SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.

Supreme Court ruling clears the way for Voter ID in Mississippi.


Mississippi voters could have to start showing photo identification at the polls by mid-2014. That's according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. He spoke Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain state and local governments no longer need federal approval to change election laws. Preclearance was required by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, … Continue reading Supreme Court ruling clears the way for Voter ID in Mississippi.

Secretary Hosemann says SCOTUS ruling on Arizona law not an issue with Mississippi Voter ID.


Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office on Monday said a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down an Arizona law is not pertinent to Mississippi’s pending voter ID law. “Mississippi uses the federal form for voter registration developed by the (Election Assistance Commission) which does not require documentary proof of citizenship,” said Hosemann spokeswoman Pamela Weaver. … Continue reading Secretary Hosemann says SCOTUS ruling on Arizona law not an issue with Mississippi Voter ID.

DOJ fishing for information on MS Voter ID.


The U.S. Department of Justice still is considering whether to preclear Mississippi’s voter identification requirement that was approved by voters in November 2011. Jan Schaefer, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood, said information requested by the Justice Department on March 21 “is being sought and will be submitted to DOJ as it is collected … Continue reading DOJ fishing for information on MS Voter ID.

May 17–On this day in Mississippi history . . .


in 2012, Gov. Phil Bryant signed legislation requiring voters to show photo identification at all elections. House Bill 921 enacts a state constitutional amendment that was approved by 62 percent of Mississippians in the 2011 general election. The bill also includes a provision allowing people without proper photo identification to apply for a free voter … Continue reading May 17–On this day in Mississippi history . . .

$695,000 approved by Senate for Sec. Of State budget to go towards Voter ID defense.


The Mississippi Senate approved $695,000 for the secretary of state to defend the state's new voter ID law. Funding for the secretary of state's office was rejected last week in a Senate vote, but several senators were absent from the chamber at the time. Thirteen senators voted against the Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's budget … Continue reading $695,000 approved by Senate for Sec. Of State budget to go towards Voter ID defense.

Senate dispute over Voter ID holds up approval of Secretary of State’s budget.


Mississippi senators rejected the secretary of state’s budget Thursday over an argument about paying lawyers to defend a proposed voter identification law. It’s probably just a temporary setback in setting an overall state spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Appropriations Chairman Eugene “Buck” Clarke, R-Hollandale, said he’ll bring the secretary of state’s … Continue reading Senate dispute over Voter ID holds up approval of Secretary of State’s budget.

Hosemann submits proposed Voter ID rules to DOJ for approval.


Mississippi’s top elections official said Tuesday that he has given the federal government proposed rules for how the state intends to carry out a voter identification law that is in limbo. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s submission to the U.S. Justice Department is part of the state’s process of seeking federal approval of the law … Continue reading Hosemann submits proposed Voter ID rules to DOJ for approval.

Hosemann says study shows 98 percent of voters have ID


A study shows more than 98 percent of voters who voted in the November general election have one form of acceptable photo identification that would satisfy the state’s Voter ID law, which is awaiting U.S. Department of Justice approval, says Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. The study of 5,965 voters from all demographic groups … Continue reading Hosemann says study shows 98 percent of voters have ID