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In Legal Terms: Voting Rights with The RECH Foundation

It’s primary election day in Mississippi. Polls are open until 7pm. We’ll talk about voting today with my guest Pauline Rogers, Executive Director/Co-Founder The RECH Foundation

Formerly Incarcerated Convicted People and Families Movement (FICPFM).

October 7th - General Election Voter Registration Deadline

When you go to the polls today or any time you go to vote, what types of photo IDs may be used on Election Day?

What if I don’t have any of the acceptable forms of photo ID? 

What if my ID is expired?

Voters whose names do not appear in the poll book or do not have an acceptable form of ID are entitled to vote by affidavit ballot.

If you have a problem at the polls today or any election day you can call the League of Women Voters 1-866-OUR-VOTE That’s 866-687-8683

You can file an elections complaint if you have trouble voting.

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