HB 868 is a bill that changes the makeup of Mississippi’s 1st Supreme Court District, known by many as the Central District, by adding Simpson County to the district. This piece of legislation is unconstitutional because it dilutes the Black Voting Age Population in the district, making it harder for Blacks to have representation on the Supreme Court, the Transportation Commission and the Public Service Commission.

The US Supreme Court defines voter dilution as, “…a certain electoral law, practice, or structure interacts with social and historical conditions to cause an inequality in the opportunities enjoyed by black and white voters to elect their preferred representatives.” It is obvious that race was a motivating factor in the purposeful crafting of this legislation, by stacking a majority white county into the Central District. The ACLU of MS vigorously opposes this attempt to undermine the citizens of Mississippi of their 15th Amendment Rights.

Status

Died in Committee

Position

Oppose

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