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Bill says Mississippi could check for voters’ US citizenship

Mississippi’s top elections official told lawmakers Tuesday that he wants the power to check whether registered voters in the state are also U.S. citizens. A senator who opposes the bill called it “radical” and said it could disenfranchise thousands of citizens. Republican Secretary of State Michael Watson took office in January. He is pushing for a bill that would give ...

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Voting suit challenges Mississippi law on citizenship proof

A new federal lawsuit challenges a Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi that requires naturalized U.S. citizens to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. A Mississippi law enacted in 1924 requires naturalized citizens to show a certificate of naturalization or another similar document that proves citizenship when ...

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Mississippi’s voter registration deadline is Monday

Mississippi residents who want to help choose a governor are facing a voter registration deadline. The secretary of state’s office says Monday is the last day people can register in person. Circuit clerks’ offices are required to be open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday. They will also be open until 5 p.m. Monday. Registration forms that are mailed must ...

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Appeals steam ahead after judge partly rejects voting suit

It’s no surprise that a federal judge crippled a lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s constitutional provisions that take the right to vote away from people convicted of certain crimes. After all, district court judges aren’t supposed to overrule higher courts. But with multiple parties appealing, the dispute isn’t over yet. U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan earlier in August threw out combined challenges ...

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School board member convicted of voter intimidation

A school board member and city employee has been convicted of voter intimidation in central Mississippi. Local news outlets report a Madison County jury found Courtney Rainey guilty Wednesday on one count, but couldn’t reach a verdict on a voter fraud charge. Rainey is a Canton school board member and has served as the city’s director of human and cultural ...

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Voter fraud charges dismissed against man wrongly accused

Prosecutors are dismissing two voter fraud charges against a Mississippi man, agreeing with his defense attorney that he should not have been indicted. The Clarion Ledger reports Madison County Circuit Judge John Emfinger signed an order Friday dropping the charges against 44-year-old Sherman Matlock. Matlock was accused of voting in Canton’s city election in 2017 when he allegedly knew he ...

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Lawsuit seeks to end Mississippi’s lifetime felon voting ban

Mississippi’s constitution bars its citizens from voting ever again after being convicted of certain felonies. Now a legal group wants the federal courts to remove what it calls an illegal vestige of white supremacy by striking down most of these restrictions. Attorney Rob McDuff, who filed suit Thursday in Jackson, estimates that more than 50,000 Mississippians have been disqualified from ...

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Senate kills online registration, early in-person voting

Mississippians won’t be able to initially register to vote online or vote early at courthouses after Senate committees killed bills that would have allowed those changes. House Elections Committee Chairman Bill Denny, R-Jackson, said he’s upset that Senate Elections Committee Chairwoman Sally Doty, R- Brookhaven, rejected the bills without seriously considering them. “We knew that they were dead even before ...

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U.S. appeals court finds that Texas voter ID law is discriminatory; law similar to Mississippi’s

A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a Texas law requiring voters to show a government-issued form of photo identification before casting a ballot is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit also sent the case back to a district court to examine claims by the plaintiffs that the ...

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