Program to help with voter ID effort

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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Lafayette County will offer transportation help for people who need to obtain a photo identification card to vote under a new law that takes effect for June primary elections.

The Oxford Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1iA4toK) that the new law requires any voter casting a ballot to show an acceptable form of photo identification.

RSVP provides transportation to the elderly and disabled in Oxford and Lafayette County. Much of its funding comes from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, which is working with the Mississippi Secretary of State's office to provide transportation to those who need to get to courthouses to get a photo ID.

Arledia Bennett, director of the RSVP, said MDOT officials asked if RSVP would be willing to provide that transportation to anyone in Lafayette County, 18 years old and up. Normally RSVP provides transportation to those 55 and older.

“The Secretary of State's Office is going to reimburse us for the mileage,” Bennett told the Oxford Park Commission on Wednesday.

Pamela Weaver, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State's Office, said free transportation will be provided to anyone in Mississippi who needs a photo ID. However, since they have contracted with MDOT, the actual provider of those rides will differ with each county.

The Lafayette County Circuit Court has received the cameras, but it is still waiting on a few forms before it can begin issuing the photo identification, LaSonja Pettis, a deputy clerk with the local court, said.

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