"Those who question the motivation behind this particular initiative, they try and liken it to a poll tax or a Jim Crow voter suppression measure, and I'm just blown away by those accusations," Mr. Fillingane told the Hattiesburg (Miss.) American. "If this passes, which I believe that it will, it will apply the same to everyone. So, how you are trying to suppress one group of people?"
"In that election, dead people voted, as did a person who was in a hospital the entire day two counties over from Jefferson Davis County," wrote state Sen. Joey Fillingane, a chief sponsor of the state's photo-ID law, which has been halted by the U.S. Justice Department for nearly a year. "The problem is real, and a strong voter-ID law is part of the solution."