Pulling Back the Curtain: An Analysis of Racial Voting Shows that Mississippi’s Ugly History of Voter Suppression Continues
January 31, 2012 | Download
During the 2011 General Election, Mississippi voters passed Initiative 27, an amendment to the state constitution that will require voters to submit photo ID in order to vote. Research conducted by the Lawyers’ Committee and documented in this report indicates that preferences for Initiative 27 were highly uneven with respect to voter race. The Lawyers’ Committee estimates that 83% of white voters voted in favor of the bill, compared to less than 25% of non-white voters. This data supports the notion that government-issued photo ID requirements disproportionately have a negative impact on minority voters, a notion which has been supported by other findings.