Yesterday, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi decided that the county must review and clean up their voter rolls. Last April the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) filed suit against Walthall County, Mississippi for having more registered voters than actual eligible residents. The ACRU successfully sued under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 ("Motor Voter") and was granted a decision that forced Walthall County, Mississippi to update the county’s voter rolls.
ACRU Chairman Susan A. Carleson said:
This is historic and should have been done 20 years ago. It’s the first time since Motor Voter was enacted in 1993 giving private parties the right to sue over voting irregularities that any private party has won a case to require clean voter rolls. With the Justice Department on the warpath against state election integrity laws, it couldn't come at a better time.
J. Christian Adams, the former Justice Department Voting Section attorney emphasized Attorney General Eric H. Holder’s noticeable absence from the case:
This case should have been called instead of . We're doing the job that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. won't do. In fact, he's too busy suing Texas for its new photo ID law and abusing power in other ways to harass states that are trying to ensure election integrity.
The ACRU has also sued Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi seeking a similar voter roll clean up. The case is set to go to trial in June 2014. Chairman Carleson points out that the decision in
This is a huge victory for the American people. Across the country, other counties have more registered voters than people alive. If they don't clean up their rolls, they risk litigation. Every time an illegal voter casts a ballot, it steals someone else's legal vote.