Hosemann solicits final public comment on Voter ID regulations


With the dust settling from the Supreme Court decision to strike down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, the Secretary of State’s Office is focusing on the implementation of the voter identification.  Implementation regulations were proposed on December 12, 2012 for public comment. “I intend to make the Voter ID regulations final in the … Continue reading Hosemann solicits final public comment on Voter ID regulations

SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.


The U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the current enforcement of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act is one that is likely to stand without an answer from Congress for the foreseeable future. In Mississippi, it means that changes in election law or election procedures as simple as moving a polling place just … Continue reading SALTER: Voting Rights Act order likely to stand.

PLUNKETT: SCOTUS ruling on Section 4 of VRA releases Mississippi from 50 years of second state status.


BY: B. Keith Plunkett @Keithplunkett The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, effectively taking the teeth out of 50 years of Department of Justice discrimination against Southern states. You can read the full opinion HERE. The ruling would require Congress to go … Continue reading PLUNKETT: SCOTUS ruling on Section 4 of VRA releases Mississippi from 50 years of second state status.

Supreme Court will consider challenge to Section 5 of Voting Rights Act


In an order Friday, the justices agreed to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections. The high court considered the … Continue reading Supreme Court will consider challenge to Section 5 of Voting Rights Act

Salter: Section 5 challenges on the horizon


The 10 states with the largest number of black elected officials in 2000 were: Mississippi (897), Alabama (731), Louisiana (701), Illinois (621), Georgia (582), South Carolina (540), Arkansas (502), North Carolina (498), Texas (475), and Michigan (340). But in the last decade, Section 5 states have begun to chafe under the law while the U.S. … Continue reading Salter: Section 5 challenges on the horizon

Oh Bill, how we’ve missed your venomous rants!


Mississippi's grumpy old liberal codger, Bill Minor, is back in old form with a recent attack on Voter ID, Delbert Hosemann and anything Republican. To paraphrase an old expression: he's old as dirt, but too mean to die. And who can blame him for being so angry? He's lived so long that he's come to … Continue reading Oh Bill, how we’ve missed your venomous rants!

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