Mississippi voters overturn two Jim Crow-era decisions at ballot box
With a majority of ballots counted, Mississippi voters are projected to overwhelmingly pass Ballot Measures 2 and 3, reforming how statewide elections are won and approving a new state flag, respectively. The following statement is by Brandon Jones, Mississippi Policy Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center:
“Mississippians made a powerful statement at the ballot box on Tuesday, overwhelmingly voting to overturn two Jim Crow-era decisions that have cast a shadow over the state for more than a hundred years.
“By voting ‘yes’ on Ballot Measure 2, Mississippi voters reformed a racist law – rooted in the state’s 1890 Constitution – that created a two-tiered process requiring statewide candidates to win both the popular vote and a majority of the state’s gerrymandered House districts. A relic of the Jim Crow era, this law made it nearly impossible for a
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