ALEXANDRIA, VA (Nov. 16, 2015) — The American Civil Rights Union on Thursday, Nov. 12, filed a lawsuit against a fourth Mississippi county for its corrupted voter registration rolls.
This time, it was against Noxubee County, which has a long history of vote fraud and voter intimidation.
As with the other three counties, voter rolls maintained by Noxubee contain more people registered to vote than citizens eligible to vote, according to the lawsuit, filed on ACRU’s behalf by the Public Interest Legal Foundation. The complaint argues that Noxubee 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, Northern Division.
The ACRU’s Mississippi legal campaign is having a demonstrative effect on other counties. New data show that since 2010, the number of counties with more registered voters than eligible residents has dropped considerably.
In 2013, the ACRU won consent decrees in federal court for Walthall and Jefferson Davis counties to clean up their voter rolls. It was the first time in history that a private party had sued under the NVRA (better known as Motor Voter) and reached a consent decree to compel counties to clean up their voter rolls. In July, the ACRU sued Clarke County for having corrupt voter rolls.
ACRU’s review of databases revealed that as of 2015, more than 110 percent of Noxubee’s voting-eligible citizens are registered. This strongly indicates the county has failed to purge the names of people who died, moved away or were convicted of disenfranchising felonies.