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County set to host voter ID meetings

February 20, 2014

BY JUSTIN MINYARD
news@dailytimesleader.com

The Clay County Courthouse will host two community meetings Feb. 25, which aim to not only educate electors about the upcoming voter identification law, but also recruit mouths to help spread the word of knowledge to other citizens in the community.
Under the new law, which was sponsored by District 41 Republican Sen. Joey Fillingane in 2011, electors are required to provide a government-issued photographic identification card. Electors are allowed to show the following forms of identification, according to Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell: A valid Mississippi driver's license, a U.S. passport, a student ID, a military ID or a Mississippi voter-ID card.
Harrell said the upcoming meeting will address any concerns and knowledge gaps pertaining to the law citizens might have, but also equip individuals with the knowledge to help them spread the word.
"What we're trying to do is see if anybody is interested in partnering with us and one of the election commissioners to continue to educate the public about acceptable forms of ID," Harrell said. " ... I figured instead of having a bunch of different meetings, I was going to try and have one big meeting, and from there, spread the word. If we need to go back, (we will)."
Harrell said the Secretary of State Regional Coordinator Angie McGinnis will be the key speaker during the meeting. McGinnis, he said, will provide attendees with information about the new law.

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