JACKSON, Miss. -- You don’t have to show ID at the polls next week. But Governor Phil Bryant thinks it’s a good idea for you to voluntarily do so. “If you have to show an ID to buy a pack of cigarettes or to buy alcohol, which you should, then certainly you should have to show an ID to vote, so we are sure you are not stealing someone else’s’ liberty and their chance to vote,” he explained.
Bryant says even President Obama showed his ID before voting a few days ago in Illinois. “And if it’s good enough for the President, it’s certainly good enough for the people of Mississippi.”
The Governor made his comments while talking with reporters today at the Mississippi Economic Council’s 11th Annual Hobnob.
The head of the Mississippi Democratic Party wants the governor to recant his statements. Ricky Cole says it’s confusing to voters.
While you did approve a constitutional amendment supporting voter ID, the state is still waiting to get federal approval, something it has to have before it can make any changes to our voting laws.