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Jun 3, 2019

Voting Rights: A Challenge To MS’s Segregation-Era System Of Electing A Governor

A lawsuit backed by Eric Holder’s National Democratic Redistricting Committee was filed in Mississippi Thursday challenging the state’s system of electing governors and other statewide office-holders. The system requires that the winner receive a majority of statewide votes but also a majority of votes in a majority of house districts — with the Mississippi House deciding the election if no candidate clears both of those bars. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, alleges that the segregation-era system — under which no African American has been elected to statewide office despite Mississippi having the highest percentage of African Americans in the country — amounts to racial discrimination. The big news last week was a major bombshell dropped Thursday in the Census citizenship question case, which the Supreme Court is expected to decide in the coming weeks. The challengers have accused two witnesses, who were involved in the administration’s efforts to get the question added, of lying in their depositions. Their allegedly…

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