Hancock Co. prepared for Voter ID law
By Ellis C. Cuevas
Jan 28, 2014, 13:08
The Hancock County Circuit Clerk's office is ready to implement Mississippi's new Voter ID law.
Qualified electors in Hancock County may use a large number of acceptable photo identification, Circuit Clerk Karen Ruhr said.
Any of the following types of photo ID may be used on election day for voter identification, Ruhr said, including:
* A valid drivers license.
* A photo ID card issued by a branch department or entity of the State of Mississippi.
* A U.S. passport.
*A government employee identification card.
* A firearms license.
* A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community college.
* A U.S. Military ID.
* A tribal photo ID.
* Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government.
* A Mississippi Voter Identification Card.
"As you can see, there should only be a few registered voters that have to get a Voter ID Card," Ruhr said, "but for those who do, we already have the equipment in the circuit clerk's office to provide these services with proper identification.
"There is one thing those who apply for a Voter ID Card should know: We take their photo for the card and send it electronically to a contract company that produces the card and then mails it back to the voter. This process takes about 10 days to complete."
The Voter ID law passed in Mississippi's 2012 election and was made into Mississippi State Law by the 2013 Legislature.
"On election day, if a person does not have a proper photo ID, they can vote affidavit, and they have five days at the circuit clerk's office to provided an ID Card," Ruhr said.
Those who do not have of the another valid form of identification may procure a Voter ID Card by taking any one of the following identifications to the Hancock County Circuit Clerk's Office:
* Any expired, but valid document having the voter's name and photograph issued by the U.S. government of any U.S. state.
* A birth certificate or any other document having the voter's full legal name, date and place of birth.
* A Social Security card.
* A Medicare card.
* A Medicaid card.
* A Mississippi voter registration card.
* Any of the following, as long as it includes the voter's name and current address issued within the preceding six months. -- Utility bill. * Bank statement, paycheck. government check, or IRS * Form W-2, Wages and Tax Statement.
Registered voters needing a Voter ID Card may get one free of charge, at the circuit clerk's office in the Hancock County Courthouse, Bay St. Louis. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ruhr will offer training to precinct workers on Voter ID rules prior to the June election,
The Mississippi Voter ID requirement is effective for elections held in Mississippi, beginning with the June 3, 2014, primary election, according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.
If a voter needs transportation to the circuit clerk's office to get a Mississippi Voter identification card, free transportation will be available. For more information about this program, contact the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at 1-855-868-3745 or 1-844-678-6837, or e-mail MSVoterID@sos,ms,gov.