Anderson Mum on Noxubee Runoff

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Noxubee County voters will go to the polls on Sept. 18 for the local Democratic Party runoffs.

Yet, the man appointed to oversee the elections, former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Reuben Anderson, says he can't discuss what he'll be watching out for.

Anderson says U.S. District Judge Tom Lee, who appointed him, doesn't want him talking to reporters until after the election.

Last month, Lee banned Noxubee County Democratic chairman Ike Brown from running party primaries and tapped Anderson to ensure whites' voting rights aren't violated.

Lee ordered Brown to stay out of Noxubee County elections, except to vote, unless asked to participate by Anderson.

The elections are runoffs for sheriff, chancery clerk and one supervisor's post.

The election was supposed to be held Aug. 28, but Lee delayed it to give Anderson more time to prepare.

Brown has appealed Lee's ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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