January 12, 2012 12:31:00 PM
By JEFF AMY
JACKSON -- A study finds that more than 75 percent of non-white voters in Mississippi voted against a measure to require 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 estimated that 82.6 percent of white voters were in favor of voter ID, while 75 percent of non-white voters were against it. While 97 percent of precincts with a majority-white voting-age population statewide approved Initiative 27, it passed in only 22 percent of precincts where eligible white voters are in a minority.
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