Civil Rights Groups Sue Mississippi Secretary of State to Stop Proof of Citizenship Requirement for Naturalized Citizens

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law,  November 19, 2019

Mississippi law requires that all naturalized citizens present a naturalization certificate (or a certified copy) or court order to register to vote. U.S.-born citizens, however, face no such requirement – they merely check a box on the voter registration application affirming they are a U.S. citizen. Mississippi’s law is the only registration requirement in the nation that applies only to naturalized citizens. The requirement was enacted in the 1920s, prior to the passage of the Voting Rights Act, and therefore was never subject to preclearance by the Department of Justice.

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