Posts Tagged ‘voting rights’

McDaniel’s backers refile poll books lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal lawsuit seeking voter records has been refiled in Mississippi’s southern district federal court. Texas group True the Vote and 22 Mississippi residents refiled their lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson against Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the state Republican Party. The new version of the suit adds […] [...]

African American voters ask for Cochran’s help after runoff victory

JACKSON — After black voters helped Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran survive an intense Republican primary runoff against an insurgent conservative challenger, some civil rights leaders in the South want him to repay the favor. Their request? Cochran should lead the charge in the Senate to renew a key section of the Voting Rights Act struck […] [...]

Hosemann orders observers for special mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — The secretary of state’s office will have observers in all 14 precincts and for the vote count in the Sept. 24 election for mayor of Hattiesburg. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s 37-vote victory in June over former City Councilman Dave Ware was challenged in court and eventually led to the second election. The new […] [...]

County officials file agreement, vow to clean up voter rolls

WALTHALL COUNTY — This South Mississippi county has agreed to purge the names of ineligible voters from its voter registration roll, including those of any dead people and disenfranchised felons whose names appear. The agreement was filed yesterday in a consent order in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg. A Virginia-based conservative group, the American Civil […] [...]

With ruling, Hosemann says voter ID could start in 2014

JACKSON — Mississippi voters could have to start showing photo identification at the polls by mid-2014. That’s according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. He spoke today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain state and local governments no longer need federal approval to change election laws. Preclearance was required by the 1965 Voting […] [...]

Feds watching half-dozen municipal elections

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Justice Department says it will monitor elections tomorrow in six Mississippi cities to ensure voters are treated fairly. Attorneys will observe polling place activities in Brookhaven, Greenwood, Isola, Meridian, Philadelphia and Ruleville. The monitoring is designed to enforce provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits discrimination based […] [...]

WISEMAN: Barbour is right on Voting Rights Act

Here we go again. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is on stage once more. This time a case emanating from Shelby County, Ala., serves as the vehicle for challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This section requires that any change in any aspect of voting procedures of a jurisdiction […] [...]

Hosemann touts voter ID study, releases proposed rules

JACKSON — More than 98 percent of Mississippi voters who cast ballots in the general election have one form of acceptable photo identification included in Mississippi’s constitutional voter ID law, according to a survey conducted by Edison Research. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced the findings of what what he believes to be the largest […] [...]

Report criticizes Mississippi on its security at the voting booths

by Published: August 5,2012

Tags: elections, Rutgers Law School, voting rights

Mississippi is one of the three lowest-ranked states in a national report that evaluates two parts of the electoral system — voting machines used by people who cast their ballots in person and long-distance voting methods used by military people or other Americans living overseas. The report was issued this past week by the Rutgers […] [...]

Hosemann, staff trying to avoid problems with Justice over voter ID

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he’s trying to answer all questions that might come up as Mississippi seeks federal approval for its proposed voter ID law. Republican Hosemann tells The Associated Press he and his staff are reviewing documents related to the Justice Department’s rejection of voter ID laws in Texas and […] [...]

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