Mississippi Voter ID Law On Hold Until After Election Day

Mississippi voters will not need to show ID at the polls this election, as the state’s voter ID law has been put on hold until after the election, when the DOJ can review the law. Mississippi, as a region with a history of discrimination, must get changes to its election law “pre-cleared” by the Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The DOJ has requested more information to review the law, including a copy of data supporting the state’s assertion that the law does not disenfranchise minorities. Texas’ voter ID law was struck down earlier this summer due to its failure to prove it would not disenfranchise minorities.