ACRU Files Suit against Third Mississippi County

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ALEXANDRIA, VA — The American Civil Rights Union on July 27 filed a complaint in federal court against another Mississippi county that has corrupted and inflated voter registrations.

Voter rolls maintained by Clarke County actually contain more people registered to vote than citizens eligible to vote. The complaint argues that Clarke County’s election commission is violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). It was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, Hattiesburg Division.

“Clarke County has had longstanding problems maintaining plausible numbers of registrants on the rolls,” the complaint filed against the Clarke County Election Commission says. “During the 2010 federal general election, over 101 percent of living citizens eligible to vote in Clarke County were registered to vote.”

ACRU’s review of databases revealed that as of 2015, more than 100 percent of Clarke’s voting-eligible citizens were registered. This strongly indicates the county has failed to purge the names of people who had died, moved away or been convicted of disenfranchising felonies.

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