May 1, 2014 10:38:28 AM
New voters in Lowndes County have until Saturday to register with the Lowndes County Circuit Clerk's office.
Circuit Clerk Mahala Salazar said her office would be open until noon Saturday registering new voters. The next election in Lowndes County is June 3 in primaries for both the Democratic and Republican parties' U.S. Senate seats.
Salazar also encouraged registered voters to make sure the information on their identification matches the information on the voter rolls.
The new voter ID laws require photo identification in order to vote. Valid IDs include a driver's license, passport, military ID, and college ID card. However, if you do not have a valid photo ID, you can still vote in the form of an affidavit. Those who vote by affidavit have five business days to produce a photo ID to the circuit clerk's office for their vote to be counted as official.
Pamela Weaver with the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office said no one will be turned away from the polls for lack of identification.
"At no time is anybody turned away from casting a ballot," Weaver said.
She added that the name on the photo ID does not have to be an exact match to the name on the voter rolls as long as an address or birth date match.
However, Salazar said having matching information would help Election Day run smoother.
Those who do not have a proper photo ID can contact the Circuit Clerk's office at 662-241-1920 or visit msvoterid.ms.gov.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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