Mississippi Department of Archives and History joins Center of Southern Culture in historic film/discussion of 50-year-old Voting Rights Act By Janice K. Neal-Vincent, Ph.D. Contributing Writer The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965. It purported to overcome legal barriers at the state and local […]
Mississippi voters could have to start showing photo identification at the polls by the June 2014 federal primaries, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said last week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain state and local governments no longer need federal approval to change their own election laws or procedures.
The Voting Rights Act of 1965 has required Mississippi and other areas with a history of racial discrimination, mainly in the South, to get clearance for changes as large as implementing a voter ID law to as small as relocating a precinct.
In a 5-4 ruling, justices blocked enforcement of a provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that requires Mississippi and several other state and local governments to get federal approval before making any changes to voting laws or procedures. Preclearance has been required in areas with a history of racial discrimination, mainly in the South.