Voters must show photo ID card

From Press Reports


This will be the first presidential election, which generally draws the largest turnout, where Mississippians will be required to have a government-issued photo identification in order to vote. Mississippians approved the photo ID mandate during the 2011 state elections.

Hosesmann has supported the voter ID requirement, saying it would cut down on any potential for fraud.

All Mississippians voting at the polls are required to show a photo ID card. Also, individuals voting in person by absentee ballot in person in the circuit clerk’s office are required to show a photo ID.

Kim Ming, Winston County Circuit Clerk, noted they have very few problems with voter ID’s with a few people forgetting to bring in their ID.

“Please bring a government issued photo ID when voting,” said Ming. “You do not need your voter registration card you received in the mail but you do need a driver license or other government photo ID.”

Eligible voters casting an absentee ballot by mail do not have to show a photo ID. (See absentee voting article in this section).

Also, overseas and uniformed military voting by absentee ballot by email or fax do not have to show a photo ID.

What type of photo IDs will be accepted at the polls?

Any one of these types of photo IDs may be used on election days:

  1. A driver’s license
  2. A photo ID card issued by a branch, department or entity of the state of Mississippi
  3. A U.S. 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 U.S. military ID
  8. A tribal photo ID
  9. Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government or any state government
  10. A Mississippi Voter Identification Card

How can I get a Mississippi Voter ID card?

All Mississippi circuit clerks are authorized to issue free Mississippi Voter Identification cards to all Mississippi registered voters who do not have any of the other acceptable forms of photo ID.

  1. You must first be a registered voter in Mississippi.
  2. Go to any circuit clerk’s office during regular business hours. (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) If you need a ride, call 1-855-868-3745.
  3. Present one form of acceptable identification.
  4. If you do not have any of the identification documents listed, the clerk may verify birth information free of charge if you provide your date of birth, the state where you were born and your mother’s maiden name.
  5. Complete and sign a Voter ID Application. Assistance will be provided, if requested.
  6. Have your picture taken at the circuit clerk’s office.
  7. Your Voter ID card will be mailed to you.
  8. If the next election is within 45 days, you will receive a receipt for your Mississippi Voter Identification Card from the circuit clerk. The receipt may be used as your photo ID when voting at the polls.

People can obtain a voter ID at any circuit clerk’s office or can call 1 (844) 678-6837 for assistance. People with a driver’s license or other forms of government-issued ID, such as a passport, do not need an additional ID.

Where to vote on election Day : County Polling places

Here is a list of all polling places in Winston County Polling places.


11 Fairground- Coliseum, 200 Ivy Avenue

21 Nanih Waiya- Nanih Waiya Fire Department, 13866 Hwy 397

22 East Winston- East Winston Fire Department, 10390 Hwy 14 East

23 Lovorn- Lovorn Voting Building, 713 East John C. Stennis Drive

31 Mill Creek- County Barn 3, 5660 Brooksville Road

32 American Legion- United Steel Worker’s Building, 411 East John C. Stennis Drive

41 Zion Ridge- Community Center, 41179 Zion Ridge Road

42 County Agent- County Agent Office, 460 Vance Street

43 Shiloh- Shiloh Fire Department, 2089 C. Huntley Road

51 Noxapater- Noxapater Fire Department, 145 West Main Street

52 Mars Hill- Mars Hill Fire Department, 4470 Mars Hill Road

and 53 New National Guard- National Guard Building, 2310 Hwy 15 South.


Secretary Hosemann reminds that all voters when casting a ballot at the polls will be required to show an acceptable form of photo ID.