2013 Mississippi Code
Title 23 - ELECTIONS
Chapter 15 - MISSISSIPPI ELECTION CODE
Article 17 - CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS
A GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 23-15-563 - Qualified elector required to provide Identification before voting; kinds of identification; voting by affidavit ballot


MS Code § 23-15-563 (2013) What's This?

(1) Each person who shall appear to vote in person at a polling place or the registrar's office shall be required to identify himself or herself to an election manager or the registrar by presenting current and valid photo identification before such person shall be allowed to vote.

(2) The identification required by subsection (1) of this section shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

(a) A current and valid Mississippi driver's license;

(b) A current and valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency or entity of the State of Mississippi;

(c) A current and valid United States passport;

(d) A current and valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector and issued by any branch, department, agency or entity of the United States government, the State of Mississippi, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state;

(e) A current and valid Mississippi license to carry a pistol or revolver;

(f) A valid tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector;

(g) A current and valid United States military identification card;

(h) A current and valid student identification card, containing a photograph of the elector, issued by any accredited college, university or community or junior college in the State of Mississippi; and

(i) An official Mississippi voter identification card containing a photograph of the elector.

(3) (a) A person who appears to vote in person at a polling place and does not have identification as required by this section may vote by affidavit ballot. The affidavit ballot shall then be counted if the person shall present acceptable photo identification to the registrar within five (5) days.

(b) An elector who has a religious objection to being photographed may vote by affidavit ballot, and the elector, within five (5) days after the election, shall execute an affidavit in the registrar's office affirming that the exemption applies.

(4) Any person who utilizes the provisions of this section to intimidate a voter, or to prevent from voting a person who is otherwise qualified to vote shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than Five Thousand Dollars ($ 5,000.00), or by imprisonment for not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years, or both.

(5) The intentional failure of an election official to require a voter to present identification as required by this section shall be considered corrupt conduct under Section 97-13-19 and shall be reported to the Secretary of State and the Attorney General.

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