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.