Q In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Shelby County v. Holder to strike down the coverage formula that subjected Mississippi to Section 5 preclearance, are the majority vote requirements provided for in HB 877 (Chapter 470, Laws of 2009) now enforceable?

A No. The HB 470 attempt to require a majority vote requirement for the election of members of county board of education and special municipal separate school districts was specifically objected to by the U.S. Justice Department while the State of Mississippi was still subject to the preclearance requirements of the Voting Rights Act. Therefore, such provisions of HB 877 were never effectuated. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Turner, October 30, 2013)