Hosemann: Miss. voter ID might not get fair review

Mississippi’s top election official questioned Tuesday whether the U.S. Justice Department will fairly consider the state’s voter ID law after a department employee criticized the state on Facebook.

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, said Stephanie Gyamfi, a civil rights analyst for the department, posted Mississippi should change its motto to “disgusting and shameful.”

The chief of the Justice Department’s voting section, T. Christian Herren Jr., said the department reviewed Gyamfi’s remarks and found they were personal and not work-related. He said she made them after some University of Southern Mississippi students chanted “Where’s your green card?” to a Puerto Rican basketball player at a game in March. One of Gyamfi’s Facebook friends posted a comment about the chant, and she responded to that post.

AP
5/8/2012