The U.S. Department of Justice still is considering whether to preclear Mississippi’s voter identification requirement that was approved by voters in November 2011. Jan Schaefer, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Jim Hood, said information requested by the Justice Department on March 21 “is being sought and will be submitted to DOJ as it is collected … Continue reading DOJ fishing for information on MS Voter ID.
The attorney for the Starkville School Board says U.S. Department of Justice approval is needed for future consolidation with the Oktibbeha County schools even though legislators approved the merger this year. The Commercial Dispatch reports that Dolton McAlpin told board members that Justice Department approval will be needed as long as both districts are still … Continue reading School Consolidation bill on Governor’s desk, but DOJ must still approve.
BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann had the choice to bypass the normal Justice Department pre-clearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and go straight to a 3-judge federal panel in order to argue for approval of the state’s Voter ID bill. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that he … Continue reading PLUNKETT: Section 5 Should Go: Federal law is being misused to victimize black Mississippians
BY: B. Keith Plunkett--@Keithplunkett The chicks are all aflutter. It seems Voter ID in Mississippi and beyond is going to seriously hamper the ability of otherwise qualified individuals to vote. It seems that, despite the 62% of the people who voted for the initiative obviously don't mind showing their ID to do so, this law … Continue reading Chicken Little Syndrome: Voter ID