JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Congressman Bennie Thompson believes the U.S. Supreme Court ruling negating section four of the Voting Rights Act will have far reaching consequences. Tuesday, he said, "The Supreme Court has rendered the American people vulnerable to discrimination."
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann quickly announced that Mississippi would begin implementing Voter I.D. today.
"Mississippi citizens have earned the right to determine our voting processes," said Hosemann. "Our relationships and trust in each other have matured. This chapter is closed."
But Mississippi's Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole said, "Not so fast, Delbert. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act remains in place. The federal courts remain in place. Those of us in this state who care about Voting Rights remain in place. And we shall not sit idly by."
"Voting is a right, not a privilege. Voting rights were won by blood in Mississippi. We will never yield in our defense of the full and equal rights of every Mississippi citizen. And we have not yet begun to fight."
Hosemann said Voter I.D. will be conducted in accordance with the Constitutional Amendment adopted by voters, funded by the legislature and regulations proposed by the Secretary of State.