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Statement on Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Opinion

         “The United States Supreme Court placed Mississippi on equal footing with every other State. 

          The Court’s decision removes requirements for Mississippi to travel through the expensive and time consuming Federal application process for any change to state, county, or municipal voting law. 

         Mississippi citizens have earned the right to determine our voting processes.  Our relationships and trust in each other have matured.  This chapter is closed.

         The process for implementation of Constitutional Voter Identification begins today.  It will be conducted in accordance with the Constitutional Amendment adopted by the electorate, funded by the Legislature, and regulations as proposed by the Secretary of State.”

In Shelby County v. Holder, the United States Supreme Court ruled Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, and its formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdictions to preclearance.  To read the full opinion of the Supreme Court: