If Voter ID passes, state has 2 avenues for voting rights compliance review

by Ted Carter

Published: October 23,2011

Tags: November 8, voter I.D., voter identification law, Voting Rights Act of 1965

Instead of seeking pre-clearance of the changes as mandated by the federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, the state can seek approval of the changes from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Mississippi’s distant history of infringing on voting rights makes it likely the U.S. Justice Department will have questions on just how the state plans to implement a voter identification law, should voters decide Nov. 8 to change the state constitution to…

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