Bryant: Feds shouldn't oversee Miss. redistricting

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant says he’s “offended” the U.S. Justice Department still has to approve redistricting in Mississippi.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires Mississippi and several other states to submit election changes for Justice Department clearance to ensure minorities’ voting strength is upheld.

Bryant’s running for governor. He told dozens of Republican women Wednesday at the state Capitol that Mississippi has changed since 1965, and he thinks it’s wrong that the “Obama Justice Department” would have a say over legislative districts.

The Voting Rights Act was renewed in 2006, when Republican George W. Bush was president.

Democratic Sen. Alice Harden says federal oversight is needed in Mississippi redistricting.