1.2M voted in Mississippi, 560 lacked photo ID at polls

November 22, 2016 in News

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann AP file photo

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann
AP file photo

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says only a small percentage of Mississippi voters did not take photo identification to the polls for the presidential election.

He said Monday that more than 1.2 million people voted in the state Nov. 8, and 560 did not show a driver’s license or other form of government-issued ID.

This was the first presidential election for Mississippi’s voter ID law to be in place.

A person who lacks ID, or who just forgot to take it to the polls, is allowed to vote by affidavit – but the vote only counts if the person returns to the circuit clerk’s office within five days to show identification.

Hosemann’s office did not have information about how many of the 560 people returned to show ID.