Feds Send Election Observers to Mississippi

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The U.S. Justice Department is sending election observers to monitor municipal elections in Meridian and five other Mississippi cities.

The observers will be in Como, Drew, Greenwood, Isola, Louise and Meridian. They will monitor elections in the jurisdictions to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights statutes.

In March, the Meridian-Lauderdale County NAACP sought to delay Meridian's elections because of concerns about the way residents from the most recent annexation were distributed among city wards. That did not happen, but organization president, Milton Johnson, said at the time the Justice Department would have observers here.

Each year, the Justice Department deploys hundreds of observers to monitor elections across the country.

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  • by Been There Location: Meridian on Jun 3, 2009 at 05:05 AM
    No one cares, but my personal opionion is that Dr. King would be saddened by the fact that after all this time, the organization isn't the NAAAP, National Association for the Advancement of ALL People.When you look at someone's skin, white, black, green or purple, instead of looking in their heart, you make all of mankind smaller.
  • by Phil Location: Meridian on Jun 1, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    Come on down to Mississippi, that 1965 act don't mean any thing when President Obama will let the criminals go free anyway.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2009 at 11:41 AM
    Maybe while they are here they can declare that Percy Bland committed fraud by voting in a city of Meridian election while living in Marion. Or the fact that he has been living in his residence here in Meridian for the last 3 weeks...
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