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JFP's omnibus collection of articles to keep you up-to-date and informed.

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's office has finally placed alerts on the department's official ...

Editorial

Hosemann's Data Prove Him Wrong

Bad public policy, like bad personal decisions, takes a lot of justification to get folks in your corner.

Politics

Voter Exit Poll 'A Waste'

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After spending $34,000 in taxpayer funds to poll Mississippi voters Nov. 6, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's new exit poll has confirmed what voter ID opponents have been saying all along: Those most at risk for disenfranchisement under voter ID laws are black, poor or young.

Politics

Gov. Phil Bryant Says Voters Should Voluntarily Show ID

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday that he thinks it would be a good idea for people in the state to voluntarily show identification when they vote, even though it's not required by law.

National

How Big Business Wants to Shrink the Electorate

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Astonishing. Remarkable. Sinister. Those are words that come up again and again when confronting the wave of voter-identification laws that has swept through more than 30 Republican-dominated state legislatures in recent years.

Politics

Hosemann's Office: No Voter ID Needed

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Up until recently, a Mississippi citizen looking for voting information on the secretary of state's website might have been confused.

Editorial

Hosemann: Give Voter ID Facts Straight

Since last fall's successful referendum requiring Mississippi citizens to show a government-issued photo-identification card, mass confusion has ensued about when and if the law would ever go into effect.

Civil Rights

Hosemann: Miss.Voter ID May Fare Better in Court

Mississippi's photo voter identification law may stand up better to legal challenges because the state has made plans to provide free identifications in many locations, the secretary of state says.

Politics

Hosemann's Voter ID Subterfuge

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Nowhere does the secretary of state's website make it clear that the Mississippi's voter-identification law, which the Legislature and governor approved in May, will not be in effect for the November election.

National

Black, Latino Churches Using 'Souls to Polls' to Rally Vote

It's not just the collection plate that's getting passed around this fall at hundreds of mainly African-American and Latino churches in presidential battleground states and across the nation.

Politics

Voter ID, Early Voter Laws in Battleground States Face Courts Before Election

A series of court battles in several states may determine, over the next several weeks, everything from how people cast their votes, when polling locations will be open and what ballots will look like. Many cases have a partisan bent, with rulings potentially tipping the scales slightly in favor of Democrats or Republicans.

National

Federal Court Rejects Texas Voter ID Law, Calls 'Unforgiving' to Poor, Minorities

A three-judge panel in Washington unanimously ruled that the law imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor" and noted that racial minorities in Texas are more likely to live in poverty.

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Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws

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Voter IDs laws have become a political flashpoint in what's gearing up to be another close election year.

Politics

Where Voter ID Stands in Mississippi

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After years of unsuccessfully trying to get the Mississippi Legislature to pass a voter ID law, last November, state conservatives put the issue of voter ID to the state's voters.

Politics

NAACP: No Voter ID Expected for November Elections

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There will be no voter identification requirements at the polls in Mississippi this November, according to state NAACP president Derrick Johnson.

Politics

Defending Voter ID

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Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann vehemently defended the state's ability to provide free Ids for its as-yet approved Voter ID law, issuing a scathing retort July 26 to "The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification," a report issued July 17 by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University.

Politics

'Quagmire' of Voter ID

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After Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann's scathing retort yesterday to "The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification," the Brennan Center for Justice is standing by its conclusions.

State Government

UPDATED: Hosemann: Brennan Center 'Deceptive'

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann barely stopped short of calling the Brennan Center for Justice a pack of liars.

Politics

Voter ID Affects Minorities

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Hours for voter identification offices could affect rural African American voters.

Politics

Study: Voter ID a Barrier

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Barriers resulting from the new voter ID laws may well prevent numerous potential voters from showing up at the polls.

The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification

The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification

Politics

Voter Fraud Problem?

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Backers of voter identification in Mississippi and other states say the laws will eliminate voter fraud--but it may be a solution looking for a problem.

Politics

Free Voter ID Will Cost ... But What?

Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced yesterday that his office will be "proactive" and distribute free voter ID cards to anyone who does not have the proper identification. But his office does not yet have a vendor in place to make the cards or know how much they're going to cost the taxpayers.

Politics

Bryant Signs Voter ID Bill

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Despite Gov. Phil Bryant signing the voter-identification bill recently passed in the Legislature, the measure isn't law just yet. The federal government still has to OK the controversial measure before it can take effect.

Politics

Voter ID Planning Begins

Valencia Robinson, founder and executive director of Mississippi in Action, an advocacy group, sat at a table in the front of the room and riffled through brochures and printouts from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety and the Mississippi Secretary of State's office, trying to sort out the requirements of the voter identification initiative that passed last week.

Politics

What's Next for Voter ID?

With her hand pressed to the side of her face in a sign of frustrated concentration, Valencia Robinson, founder and executive director of Mississippi in Action, sat at a table in the front of the room and riffled through brochures and printouts from the ACLU, the Department of Public Safety and the Secretary of State's office.

Justice

Putting a Price Tag on Voter ID

The debate surrounding voter ID in Mississippi has focused on political and historical arguments, rather than funding. While its proponents have lauded voter ID as essential for preserving the democratic process, opponents have claimed it is an effort to discourage African Americans and other minorities from voting—especially those old enough to remember Jim Crow-era tactics such as poll taxes.

Politics

Voter ID: Excessive Regulation?

In 2005, Noxubee County Democratic Executive Committee Chairman Ike Brown decided to go the extra—and illegal—mile to get votes for African American candidates, according to court records.

Poll: Many Blacks Undecided About Voter ID

Nearly 40 percent of African American voters are unsure how they feel about a voter-identification initiative on the 2011 statewide ballot, a new poll shows. Speaking at Koinonia Coffee House's Friday Forum this morning, pollsters Pam Shaw and Brad Chism said that one of the more surprising findings from a series of polls they conducted in the first quarter of 2011 was the high degree of uncertainty about voter ID among younger African Americans.

Politics

UPDATED: Voter Suppression Growing Nationwide

CNN is reporting:

The voter-purge machine is kicking into overdrive this week. Down below, and in the comments, we will keep you apprised of stunts being pulled, so we can watch for them here on the homefront. Please add to the list as you see examples.