Mississippi Election Challenge Lawsuit in Court Friday

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — A federal judge will hear arguments tomorrow in a lawsuit that challenges Mississippi’s unique, multistep process of electing the governor and other statewide officials. The hearing is less than a month before the gubernatorial election between Republican Tate Reeves and Democrat Jim Hood. Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to win a majority of the popular vote and a majority of the 122 state House districts. If nobody wins both, the election is decided by the House which is currently controlled by Republicans. Attorneys for black plaintiffs say because of the way state House districts are drawn, the electoral system dilutes African American votes. U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III will consider the plaintiffs’ request that he block the state from using the system.


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