NAACP Seeks to Block Voter ID Law

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi NAACP is asking federal officials to block the state's new voter ID law.

Carroll Rhodes, attorney for the group, says he believes the law will diminish minorities' voting strength, violating the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Gov. Phil Bryant has a May 18 deadline to sign House Bill 921, which would require voters to show a driver's license or other identification at the polls.

Mississippi is still required to get federal approval for any changes in election laws or procedures.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the voter ID law is closely patterned after Indiana's law that has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

However, Rhodes says that doesn't matter because the histories of Mississippi and Indiana are different.


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