Mississippi Voters Overturn Reconstruction-Era Law Limiting Democracy

HeadlineNov 05, 2020

Mississippi voters have overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure overturning a Jim Crow-era Electoral College provision for determining governors and other elected officials. The two-step process for selecting statewide officeholders has helped preserve white supremacy in Mississippi politics since the law was enacted in 1890. African Americans make up nearly 40% of Mississippi’s population.

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