Officials wait for IDs before endorsing election
by Paisley Boston
Jun 27, 2014 | 1661 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Election Commission has completed the 2014 Primary Run-Off Certification prior to the five-day waiting period to validate voter identifications.

Bolivar County had six voters to appear at the polls Tuesday without ID and they must appear before the Circuit Clerk with a valid ID on or before July 1, in order for their vote to count.

"We did have voters who appeared at the polls on Tuesday, without voter identification. These individuals have five days to present identification to the circuit clerk in order for their vote to count," said Kelly.

"The official certification of the votes cannot happen until those five days are up. The five days will expire on July 1which is Tuesday. This does not mean that they did not have identification, they may have simply forgotten to bring it," she added.

Kelly said individuals who filled out a special affidavit for voter identification purposes must contact the circuit clerk's office as soon as possible and if they fail to do so then their vote will not count.

The following forms of photo ID may be used on election day: driver's license, photo ID issued by the State of Mississippi, United States passport, government employee ID card, firearms license, student photo ID issued by an accredited Mississippi university, United States military ID, tribal photo ID and a Mississippi Voter Identification card.

A voter may also use an expired photo ID on Election Day as long as it is an acceptable form of photo ID and is not more than ten years old.

The expired ID must contain the name and photograph of the voter and have been validly issued by the federal or state government.

Including absentee and affidavit ballots, there were a total of 2,759 votes cast.

Thad Cochran received 1,996 votes while his opponent, Chris McDaniel received 761 votes.

Although the primary race is over, Cochran will now face former Democrat congressman Travis Childers on Nov. 4 during the senate election.

Childers served as the U.S. Representative for Mississippi's 1st congressional district from 2008 to 2011.