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Judge hears Mississippi elections lawsuit

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Judge hears Mississippi elections lawsuit
Judge hears Mississippi elections lawsuit

ELECTION FOR GOVERNOR IS JUSTOVERTHREE WEEKS AWAY.THE STATE SAYS IT TOO LATE TOCHANGE THERULES.OPPONENTS COUNTERS THE RULESDISCRIMINATEAGAINST BLACK VOTERS.

A LAWSUIT CHALLENGING HOWMISSISSIPPI ELECTSITS GOVERNOR.FOUR VOTERS FILED SUIT.THEY CLAIM VIOLATES THE STATECONSTITUTIONVIOLATES THE U-S CONSTITUTIONALPRINICPLE OF ONE MAN ONE VOTE.LAWYER URGED THE THE JUDGE TOTHROW OUWHAT THEY CALL A "BIASED" RULE.THIS RULE WAS ESTABLISHED IN1890 AS PART OF THECONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TODISCRIMINATE AGAINST AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS THAT POLICY ISSTILL IN PLACE 130 YEARS LATER.AT ISSUE ARE PROVISONS IN THESTATECONSTITUTION.THEY REQUIRE CANDIDATES FORGOVERNOR AND ALL STATE WIDEOFFICES TOWIN THE POPULAR VOTE ANDMAJORITY OF THE122 LEGISLATIVE HOUSE DISTRICTSTO GETELECTED.THE STATE ARGUES ITS TOO CLOSETO TELECTION TO CHANGE THE RULES.THERE'S AN ARGUMENT TODAY TOMAINTAIN THE STATUS QUO WHICHFEELS A LITTLE BIT RICH GIVENTHATTHE STATUS QUO WAS ACONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION WITHTHE EXPRESS PURPOSE OFMAINTAINING WHITE SUPREMACY.THE STRENGTH OF YOUR CASE?

NOCOMMENT ON PENDINGLITIGATIONLAWYERS FOR THE STATE TIGHTLIPPED AFTER THEHEARING.THEY ASKED THE JUDGE TO THEDISMISS THE CASE FOR SEVERALREASONS INCLUDINGVOTERS WHO FILED SUIT DON'T HAVESTANDINGAND THE CASE RAISES POLITICALQUESTIONSWHICH JUDGES SHOULDN;T WEIGH INON.THIS IS A COMPLICATED CASE THEREARE A LOT OF LEGAL ISSUES ATPLAY CLEARLY THE COURT ISSTRUGGLING WITHTHEM BUT AT THE END OF THE DAYTHE PLAINTIFFS DESERVE TO HAVETHEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TOVOTE PROTECTED JUDGE DAN JOURDAN DIDN'T SAY HOWSOON HE WOULD ISSUE A RULING.WHATEVER HIS DECISION IN THECASE WILL LIKELY BE APPEALED TOA HIGHER COURTROSS ADAMS 16 WAPT NEWS.

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