Federal appeals court: Mississippi can strip voting rights from 10% of its citizens

The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Mississippi can continue to bar more than 10% of its citizens from voting. On Wednesday, the 17-member federal court ruled upheld a Jim Crow-era provision that bars Mississippians convicted of felonies — roughly 10% of the population — from taking part in elections. Framers of Mississippi’s 1890 Constitution said the law was designed to prevent Black citizens from voting by targeting crimes they were believed to commit. Taylor Vance, Daily Journal.

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