Mississippi PEP

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 should have chosen that route. Because, no matter what attempts are made by conservative southern states to improve the integrity and security of the voting process, the Obama Justice Department is going to fight.

While a few Voter ID laws have passed constitutional muster and have been enacted in states that aren’t forced to jump through the archaic and outdated Section 5 hoops, conservative southern states are seeing a backlash from Obama’s Justice Department. Never mind statistics that show minority participation actually increased following the implementation of Voter ID in some states in 2004 and…

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