In September, we talked about Measure 26 (The Mississippi Personhood Amendment), which could have made big changes to Mississippi Law if passed. There was another newsworthy vote on the ballad, Initiative 27, which after passing, now requires voters to submit government-issued photo identification in order to cast a ballot in further elections.
Interestingly, a recent study by the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law Initiative 27 has been deemed to show “Mississippi’s ugly history of voter suppression.” Although Initiative 27 passed by a 62% to 38% margin, the committee researched the votes further to discover how whites in contrast to other races voted. Their study found that an estimated “83% of white voters voted in favor of the bill, compared to less than 25% of non-white voters.”
There are varying opinions as to the effect that Initiative 27 will have, with supporters of the initiative hoping that voter fraud will be cut-down tremendously. The Lawyer’s Committee For Civil Rights Under Law believes that “Initiative 27 will have a disproportionate negative impact on minority voters.” The one thing that we do know, is that time will reveal whether the initiative will have negative or positive effects on our state.
What are your thoughts? Do you support Initiative 27 and why or why not? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.
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