WATER VALLEY– Voters who do not already have some form of photo ID can have a Mississippi Voter ID card made in the Circuit Clerk’s offices in Coffeeville or Water Valley for free. This year’s elections mark the second year voters are required to show a photo ID in order to vote.
The IDs generally take seven to 10 days to receive and Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney urges voters not to wait until the last minute. Also residents of the county who have not previously registered to vote need to be aware that July 4 is the deadline to register to be eligible to vote in the August 4 Primary election.
Photo ID Rules
According to the Secretary of State’s website, the following IDs accepted for voting include:
• A driver’s license
• A photo ID issued by a branch, department or entity of the State of Mississippi
• A U.S. passport
• A government employee ID card
• A firearm license
• A student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, college or community/junior college
• A United States military ID
• A tribal photo ID
• Any other photo ID issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government or any state government.
The ID can even be expired, if it is not more than 10 years old and contains the name and photograph of the voter. The law also provides exemptions from the photo ID requirement, specifically for voters who vote an absentee ballot by mail, fax or email and voters with religious objections to being photographed.
A voter that does not have a photo ID on election day will be asked to vote by affidavit ballot at the polling place. The voter will then have five business days to show an acceptable form of photo ID, or apply for a state ID.
How does a voter get a Mississippi Voter Identification Card?
A voter must bring any ONE of the following to the Circuit Clerk’s office:
• Any expired but valid photo identity document having the voter’s name and photograph issued by the U.S. Government or any U.S. state
• A birth certificate
• A Social Security Card
• A Medicare Card
• A Medicaid Card
• A Mississippi Voter Registration Card
• A utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check, if it has been issued during the preceding six months and contains the voter’s name and current address