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This Sept. 2, 2020 file photo shows the magnolia centered banner chosen by the Mississippi State Flag Commission displayed outside the Old State Capitol Museum in downtown Jackson, Miss. Voters approved the design in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. It replaces a Confederate-themed flag state lawmakers retired in late June as part of the national reckoning over racial injustice. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 04 November 2020

JACKSON, Miss. – With a majority of ballots counted, Mississippi voters are projected to overwhelmingly pass Ballot Measures 2 and 3, reforming how statewide elections are won and approving a new state flag, respectively. The following statement is by Brandon Jones, Mississippi Policy Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“Mississippians made a powerful statement at the ballot box on Tuesday, overwhelmingly voting to overturn two Jim Crow-era decisions that have cast a shadow over the state for more than a hundred years. 

“By voting ‘yes’ on Ballot Measure 2, Mississippi voters reformed a racist law  – rooted in the state’s 1890 Constitution  – that created a two-tiered process requiring statewide candidates to win both the popular vote and a majority of the state’s gerrymandered House districts. A relic of the Jim Crow era, this law made it nearly impossible for a Black person to win a statewide election since it was enacted. Now  – like in most states  – any candidate running for statewide office in Mississippi who wins the popular vote, wins the election.

“Mississippi voters also overwhelmingly voted ‘yes’ on Ballot Measure 3, approving a new design for its state flag to replace the retired one that was emblazoned with confederate imagery. 

“Despite a pandemic and other voting obstacles, Mississippians turned out in record numbers to open a hopeful new chapter in state history. Now, our state has both a new flag that represents every person living here and a reformed elections process that ensures every person’s vote matters in future elections.”

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