From Press & Staff Reports
Officials in Jefferson Davis County have signed a consent decree agreeing to clean up voter rolls in accordance with a lawsuit filed in April by the American Civil Rights Union under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (commonly called “Motor Voter”).
“So far, we’re batting one thousand on these suits aimed at ensuring election integrity,” said ACRU Chairman and CEO Susan A. Carleson. “It’s on to Texas, where we have already alerted 15 counties that they also have severe voting roll disparities.”
As with nearby Walthall County, which signed a consent decree with the ACRU on Sept. 4, Mississippi’s Jefferson Davis County had more registered voters than voting-age-eligible residents and had not cleaned up its voter rolls in years. It was discovered during the litigation that the county had failed to follow federal law regarding the proper removal of voters.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi entered the final consent decree Oct. 21 that requires the defendants to check the county’s rolls against state and federal databases to identify and remove ineligible voters.
J. Christian Adams of Alexandria, Va., the former Justice Department (DOJ) Voting Section attorney who along with former Justice Department Voting Section chief Christopher Coates of Charleston, S.C., and former DOJ attorney Henry Ross of Eupora filed the lawsuit, said the ACRU had to act because Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. refuses to enforce federal election laws prohibiting dirty voter rolls while he leads the charge against state voter ID laws in defiance of the Supreme Court precedent upholding such state laws in 2008.