BY: Sid Salter

The voter suppression argument becomes all the more specious in so-called “Section 5 states” like Mississippi, which is one of nine states declared “covered jurisdictions” under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“Covered jurisdiction” states, counties and municipalities cannot implement voting law changes without federal pre-clearance by the Justice Department — a Justice Department that in great measure requires a citizen to produce an ID just to be allowed to enter its buildings.

But it likewise stands to reason that if voter ID laws should exist to make voter fraud more difficult as a safeguard of the right to vote, then early voting laws would likewise be beneficial to help make the opportunity to vote easier and more accessible.

Mississippi Press

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