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State Senate Passes Voter ID Bill

Filed 2/7/07  GCN

A bill requiring voters to present identification at polling places was passed today by the Mississippi State Senate.  Senate Bill 2617 was introduced by Elections Committee Chairman Terry Burton, R-Newton.  It passed the Senate by a margin of 30 to 15. 


 "I want to thank members of the Mississippi Senate for passing a strong voter ID bill to help ensure fair and honest elections in Mississippi. The Senate's action is a strong statement that a comprehensive voter ID law is necessary to combat fraud in our electoral process, and I encourage the Mississippi House to take up and pass the bill very soon," Governor Haley Barbour said in a statement.

Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Jim Herring shared Governor Barbour's sentiment.  "I applaud the Senate for passing common sense legislation that protects the integrity of our ballots."

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