State of Mississippi

Mississippi Election System

McLemore v. Hosemann

Lawsuit filed by individual voters challenging provisions of the 1890 Mississippi Constitution that required a candidate for statewide office to win a majority of both the popular vote and state house districts in order to be elected. The framers originally devised this system with the explicit purpose of diluting African American votes, which the complaint alleges violated the 14th and 15th Amendments and Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. As a response to this litigation, the state legislature proposed an amendment to repeal the discriminatory election scheme, which was passed by voters in the 2020 general election.

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