A large majority of Mississippians have voted to legalize medical marijuana. With more than 70% of votes counted as of 11 p.m., about 67% of the state’s voters have opted to legalize medicinal weed with votes for Initiative 65.
Mississippi has voted to end a Jim Crow-era constitutional provision intended to dilute the Black vote and ensure white voters would be able to choose governors and other statewide officials. It created an electoral college-like system requiring candidates for statewide office to win, not only the popular vote, but also a majority of Mississippi House districts.
A large majority of Mississippians have voted to adopt a new state flag, affirming the Legislature’s decision to retire the Confederate-themed 1894 version. While some votes are outstanding, there is no sign they would change the result.
Chaotic scenes unfolded in and around a crowded majority-Black Madison County voting precinct this morning as hundreds of voters’ vehicles filled up two parking lots and began spilling into a third down the road. Voters waited two hours to cast a ballot as the line stretched from The Mark Apartments precinct in southeast Ridgeland, a historic white-flight suburb outside Jackson, and wrapped around a shopping center down the road.
Whichever candidate or party they support, many Latinos want media outlets to do more to go deeper on both the candidates’ ethics and the issues they say they represent.
In the seven years since the Holder decision, Mississippi has closed 6% of its precincts, a total loss of 120 polling places across the state. The two counties that have experienced the largest precinct loss since Shelby County vs. Holder are also the two most populous counties in the state: Hinds and Harrison, each with a population well over 200,000.
The past three-and-a-half years have seen more women of color stepping up, running for office, leading movements, and getting prepared to turn out the vote like never before. The Time 100 list of most influential people for 2020 has more women than ever.