Republican Michael Watson to work to change election system


Mississippi’s incoming Secretary of State Michael Watson says he will work to change a Jim Crow-era election system for statewide races.

Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to win a majority of both the popular vote and the 122 state House districts. Without both, the election is decided by the state House.

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Black plaintiffs sued this year, saying the process ‘helps maintain white control of the government and violates the ‘one-person one-vote’ principle.’

U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan declined to block Mississippi from using the system during the November 5th elections, but said he has ‘grave concern’ about the process.