Thousands sign petition to require voter identification - - Jackson, MS

Thousands sign petition to require voter identification

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By Ashley Conroy

JACKSON (MS) - Lawmakers are one step closer to getting Mississippians to show identification when they cast their ballots.

Several state senators among other supporters dropped off nearly 130 thousand signatures to allow this measure to be put on the November 2011 ballot.

The Mississippi House of Representatives initiated a similar, but more comprehensive bill during last year's session. However, the senate turned it down.

Some groups oppose the measure saying it will restrict voting rights to citizens rather expand them.

Those who support the bill say it's needed because voter fraud has been an issue in years past.

Meanwhile, Mississippi is currently only one of seven states in the nation that do not require some identification to cast a ballot.

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