Study: 75 percent of non-white voters against ID

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON — A study finds that more than 75 percent of non-white voters in Mississippi cast ballots against a measure requiring photo identification before someone may vote.

Initiative 27, a state constitutional amendment, passed in November with approval from 62 percent of nearly 870,000 voters.

But there was a wide split between black and white voters, according to an analysis released by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, a Washington, D.C., group.

The committee’s statistical analysis estimates that 82.6 percent of white voters were in favor of voter ID, while 75 percent of non-white voters were against it.

The finding could be significant as Mississippi seeks required federal approval to implement the measure. The U.S. Justice Department recently turned down South Carolina’s voter ID law, ratcheting up attention on similar laws nationwide.