Once again, Mississippi finds itself in the nation’s crosshairs as it was in 1965 over restricting the right of citizens, especially black citizens, to exercise their right to vote.
This time, Mississippi is going out of its way to thrust itself in the line of fire over disfranchising prospective voters. An initiative (No. 27) will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot proposing an amendment to the constitution requiring voters to present a “government-issued” photo ID at the polls.
Keep government-issued ID in mind: those are the particularly operative words in the ballot initiative. For over 15 years, Republicans in the Legislature have tried, unsuccessfully, to pass legislation to install voter ID by law, contending such a law was needed to protect integrity of the ballot.