Justice Department Gives O.K. for City Elections

The U.S. Department of Justice has no objection to the way newly annexed Meridian residents were apportioned to adjacent wards.

In March, the Meridian/Lauderdale County chapter of the NAACP requested federal officials monitor the municipal elections, saying it believed the annexation and apportionment of those residents to Wards 1, 2 and 4 was designed to try to influence the election.

"Bottom line, since the next primary election was within a 6-month window from the date of implementation of the annexation by the Supreme Court, we were requested to designate polling places and put people in wards for voting purposes for this next election and we did that," said chief administrative officer, Ken Storms.

In its letter to the city, the Justice Department also noted that, although the U.S. Attorney General does not object to the changes in wards and polling places, that does not bar potential litigation from complainants who may object.

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  • by FEDUP Location: Meridian on Apr 4, 2009 at 12:16 AM
    Now I understand that the NAACP are to protect the rights of colored people but GET OVER IT...everytime something doesnt go just like you want it to it's because it's racist????
  • by Johnnie Location: Toomsuba on Apr 3, 2009 at 08:49 PM
    This local NAACP is a joke. Just look at some of the characters involved. Anything to cause trouble.
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