Eric Holder Supports Black Mississippians’ Lawsuit Over Racist Election Practices

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Four Black voters have sued the state of Mississippi for allegedly having an election process that is racist, and they have former Attorney General Eric Holder on their side.

Leslie-Burl McLemore, Charles Holmes, Jimmie Robinson, Sr., and Roderick Woullard filed a federal lawsuit against Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives Philip Gunn. The suit claimed that the state’s procedures for electing state-level candidates in statewide elections has violated the US Constitution and “diluted African American votes.”

“The architects of this system for electing candidates to statewide office had one goal in mind: entrench white control of State government by ensuring that the newly enfranchised African American citizens — who, at the time, constituted a majority of the State’s population and some of whom had been elected to statewide offices — would never have an equal opportunity to translate their numerical strength…

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