Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Voting Rights Act Case In Mississippi

Sounds familiar, I know, but it isn't what you think. The U.S. Department of Justice's complaint - the first of its kind in the country, according to department officials - accuses African Americans of discriminating against white voters. Among the issues the Justice Department said it found in its investigation were:

Black candidates who do not satisfy residency requirements have been allowed to run in elections in an effort to defeat white candidates for local office.

White voters have been kept from participating in the Democratic primary, even those legally entitled to vote.

Absentee ballots cast by white voters have been rejected, while ballots from black voters that contain similar or more serious defects have been accepted.

White residents have been discriminated against in the selection of people to work at polls and in providing information about the absentee voting process.

White candidates have been blocked from viewing the tabulation of ballots, while black candidates have been allowed to do so.

Black residents have been allowed to violate restrictions against campaigning at the polls.
I don't have any idea about the merits of the case, but it will be interesting to see how this one unfolds.