AP Analysis: VRA ruling alters Miss. election dynamic

Because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Mississippi and other states with a history of racial discrimination no longer need federal preclearance to change their own voting laws.

Now, it’s time for Mississippi to prove what many of its politicians have been saying: That the state has matured, and that people won’t try to disenfranchise their fellow citizens.

“We’re not the same old Mississippi that our fathers’ fathers were,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, declared hours after the Supreme Court handed down its June 25 decision in a case from Shelby County, Ala.