Judge to hear case about Mississippi election process

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Less than a month before we elect a new Governor of Mississippi, a federal judge will hear arguments Friday in a lawsuit challenging our state’s process of electing leaders, something critics say is designed to thwart black political power.

While both of our current candidates for governor are white, Mississippi has a history of racially polarized voting, with Democrats doing well among black votes and Republicans among white ones.

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Our state’s 1890 constitution says a candidate must win with the majority vote, and a majority of the state house districts. But if nobody wins, the election is decided by the house, which is now controlled by Republicans.

With that in mind, the lawsuit intends to look at concerns over how this election process might impact Democratic candidates.

It all happens tomorrow, Friday, October 11. Check back with News 25 for updates.