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Some Miss. voters will not need I.D. to vote in election

(WMC-TV) – When Mississippi voters go to the polls on Election Day, some will not have to show any identification.

The only Mississippians that will have to show a form of identification like a drivers license are first time voters who registered by mail.

But a proposal that would make photo identification a requirement for future elections is in the hands of the U.S. Justice Department.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann sent out a news release this week to clear up any confusion before the election.

That is because in the spring, legislators passed a bill that would make photo I.D. a requirement, but because of the magnolia state's Jim Crow history, any changes to election laws must be approved at the federal level.

That decision has not been made, so no photo identification will be required for Mississippi voters in the November 6 election.

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