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Voter ID and eminent domain on November ballot

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Voters will soon decide if they must prove who they are at the polls and if the state can take your private property.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann delivered the voter identification and eminent domain initiatives to the Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate on the first day of the legislative session.

Citizens gathered the signatures required to place the issues on the ballots.

Supporters of voter i.d. said recent allegations and investigations of voter fraud indicate the need for photographic proof when casting ballots.

Organizers of the eminent domain initiative said true public use means making way for roads, schools and waterways.

"There's still voter fraud going on in 2011 now and that ought not to be. I think we're one of only seven states that doesn't have some kind of photo i.d. requirement so we're way behind the eight ball on this," said State Senator Joey Fillingane (R) District 41.

"I believe it's guaranteed in our constitution for every property owner to have the right to our property and not to be worried about government taking it for any reason other than true public use," said eminent domain initiative organizer David Waide.

Mississippi law states that the original initiative will appear on the next general election ballot written exactly as lawfully submitted by the sponsor; however, the legislature may choose to place an alternate version of the initiative on the ballot as well.

If so both the original and legislature's version must appear on the ballot.

State law requires that an initiative or legislative alternative must receive a majority of the votes and not less than 40% of the total votes cast.

Voter identification, eminent domain and definition of a person will appear on the November 8th ballot.

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