Beginning with the June 3 primary election, all Mississippians voting at the polls will be required to show a photo ID card.
Individuals voting in person by absentee ballot in person in the circuit clerk’s office before the June 3 primary election day will also be required to show a photo ID. Also, overseas and uniformed military voting by absentee ballot by email or fax do not have to show a photo ID.
Eligible voters casting an absentee ballot by mail for the primary election on June 3 do not have to show a photo ID.
Each card will be labeled as a “Mississippi Voter Identification Card” and will contain a variety of security features. The Mississippi voter ID card will be valid for as long as the voter remains qualified to vote in Mississippi. The card is valid only for voter identification purposes.
Acceptable Photo IDs
Any one of these types of photo IDs may be used on Election Day:
• A driver’s license
• A photo ID card issued by a branch, department or entity of the state of Mississippi
• A U.S. passport
• A government employee ID card
• A firearms license
• A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college
• A U.S. military ID
• A tribal photo ID
• Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the U.S. government or any state government
• A Mississippi Voter Identification Card
You may use an expired photo ID as long as it is an acceptable form of photo ID and is not more than 10 years old. The expired ID must contain the name and photograph of the voter, and have been validly issued by the federal or a state government.
Obtaining a Card
If a registered voter does not have any of these acceptable forms of photo ID, a Mississippi Voter Identification Card will be provided at no cost to the voter at any circuit clerk’s office in Mississippi. Application for a card may be made during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). If you need a ride, call 1-855-868-3745.
• Present one form of acceptable identification, such as an expired but valid photo identity document, birth certificate, Social Security card, Medicare card, Medicaid card, Mississippi voter registration card, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or IRS For W-2.
• If you do not have any of these identification documents, 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.
• Complete and sign a voter ID application. Assistance will be provided, if requested
• Have your picture taken at the circuit clerk’s office.
• Your voter ID card will be mailed to you.
• 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.
For more information about this program, contact the Secretary of State’s Voter ID Hotline at 1-855-868-3745 or the Webster County circuit clerk’s office at 258-6287, visit www.MSVoterID.ms.gov or email MSVoterID@sos.ms.gov.