Circuit clerk preparing to issue voter ID cards

From staff reports


The Winston County circuit clerk’s office is preparing to issue identification cards to voters who lack proper ID.

“Anyone with proper identification will be able to vote with ease and will not need this card,” said Winston County Circuit Clerk Kim Ming. ( A list of acceptable IDs are are page 2).

Voter ID will be in effect beginning with the June 3 primary election. Any voter casting a ballot at the polls on June 3 or by absentee ballot in person at the circuit clerk’s office before the primary will be required to show an acceptable form of photo ID.

“We are committed to ensuring everyone who is qualified to vote has the opportunity to cast a ballot, and we need your help,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said in a news release. “If you know of anyone who lacks an acceptable form of photo ID, we ask you to contact our office so we can provide a free photo ID in advance of the June 3 primary.”

If a voter does not have any documentation proving their identity, circuit clerks may verify their birth record free of charge. If they need transportation to a circuit clerk’s office, the Secretary of State’s Office will facilitate transportation free of charge.

Only voters who do not have an acceptable form of photo ID will receive a free Mississippi voter identification card. Circuit clerks will begin issuing the cards this month. The Winston County circuit clerk Ming noted that her office should be setup by mid-January to issue the ids. She added that the circuit clerk’s office has received all of the equipment necessary to issue voter ID cards and is receiving training on the IDS in January.

Individuals who already have an acceptable form of photo ID are not eligible for a Mississippi voter ID card. The Mississippi voter ID card will prominently show the photo, name, address and county of the voter.

The card prominently states it is to be used “For Voting Purposes Only” and will contain security features. The card will not contain the voter’s date of birth.

“We wanted to make the photo and the name of the voter the prominent features, but we did not want the card to resemble a driver’s license. The card does contain security features to inhibit unauthorized duplication,” said Hosemann.

“We are dedicated to ensuring anyone who does not have an acceptable ID receives one at no cost,” he added. “We will travel across the state implementing a massive voter outreach campaign to inform the public of the requirement. We have met with political parties in the state and many other organizations and interest groups, asking for their assistance with implementation. Over 62 percent of Mississippians approved a constitutional voter ID requirement. With your help, we look forward to assisting our local election officials with implementation.”

The circuit clerk’s office is located in the Winston County Courthouse.