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Supervisors hear voter ID is easy and free

David Holland from the Secretary of State’s Office met with the Board of Supervisors in their bi-monthly meeting Tuesday to inform them of the details with implementing Voter ID.

While the vast majority of voters have one of the many forms of acceptable photo ID, there are some Mississippians who lack proper identification.  Any registered voter who lacks an acceptable photo ID is eligible to receive a free Mississippi Voter ID card.

The Secretary of State’s office is committed to ensuring those individuals have one prior to the June 3rd Primary Election.  The office has worked with the Mississippi Department of Transportation to provide free transportation to any individual in need.

In other Board proceedings:

• Edrice Polk, a licensed counselor along with consultant  Elloris Cooper made a presentation requesting a declaration of support regarding the  Second Chance Act Technology Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles.  This program provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison or jail and helping them return to communities.  Programs funded under the Second Chance Act help ensure that the transition individuals make from prisons and jails to the community is successful and promotes public safety, cutting down on the revolving-door effect. The  program provides a partnership with WIN Job Center to improve employment outcomes for this population so they can contribute to recidivism reductions.

• Oddee Smith Construction, Inc. of Brookhaven won the bid to replace the bridge on Willie Buckley Road. The winning bid of  $149,338.24 outbid the other five bids submitted. Dungan Engineering estimated the cost to replace the bridge at $143,050.40.