May 17–On this day in Mississippi history . . .


in 2012, Gov. Phil Bryant signed legislation requiring voters to show photo identification at all elections. House Bill 921 enacts a state constitutional amendment that was approved by 62 percent of Mississippians in the 2011 general election. The bill also includes a provision allowing people without proper photo identification to apply for a free voter … Continue reading May 17–On this day in Mississippi history . . .

Senate dispute over Voter ID holds up approval of Secretary of State’s budget.


Mississippi senators rejected the secretary of state’s budget Thursday over an argument about paying lawyers to defend a proposed voter identification law. It’s probably just a temporary setback in setting an overall state spending plan for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1. Appropriations Chairman Eugene “Buck” Clarke, R-Hollandale, said he’ll bring the secretary of state’s … Continue reading Senate dispute over Voter ID holds up approval of Secretary of State’s budget.

PLUNKETT: Section 5 Should Go: Federal law is being misused to victimize black Mississippians


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

Chicken Little Syndrome: Voter ID


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

Mississippi counts how many lack ID under voting measure


Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said Monday he's trying to determine how many people in Mississippi lack the type of photo identification that might eventually be needed for voting. In last November's election, 62 percent of Mississippi voters approved a constitutional amendment that would require voters to show a driver's license or other form of … Continue reading Mississippi counts how many lack ID under voting measure