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Low turnout in first Voter ID election

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Patricia Sessions showing her Mississippi Driver's License to the poll worker during the first election under the Voter ID Law.

Holley Cochran / The Prentiss Headlight—Patricia Sessions showing her Mississippi Driver’s License to the poll worker during the first election under the Voter ID Law.

Prentiss voters used their ID for the first time to vote Tuesday in the Republican and Democratic primaries for U.S. House and Senate.

Voters were required to show a driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification at the polls during voting.

Voters could use an expired photo ID as long as it was in the form of an acceptable photo ID. The expired ID must contain the name and photograph of the voter, and must not be more than ten years old.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, the state’s top elections official, said about 1,000 people who lacked an acceptable form of photo ID had received a free one from local election clerks by election day.

“Mississippi is one big small town,” Hosemann said last week. “When we cast our ballot on Election Day, there is a high probability of knowing the poll workers in the precinct. However, voter ID is not discretionary,” he added.

Voter turnout was  low Tuesday in Jefferson Davis County in the Democratic and Republican Senate and Congressional primaries with 20.88 percent of Jefferson Davis County voters going to the polls. In the Senate race  Travis Childers carried the county with 73.71 percent of the votes on the Democratic side

On the Republican side, Chris McDaniel won the county with 60.34 percent of the votes.

In the race for the congressional seat, Republican Gregg Harper received 89.98 percent of the county’s votes, while D.M. (Doug) Magee carried the Democratic congressional ticket in Jeff Davis County with 59.69 percent of the vote.

The general election will be held November 4, 2014.

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