March 10th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
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Justice Department to monitor voting in three Miss. counties

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Justice Department will monitor primary voting in three Mississippi counties that have a history of alleged voting irregularities, it said Monday.

Federal authorities will monitor elections Tuesday in Bolivar, Jefferson Davis and Madison counties "to ensure compliance with federal voting rights statutes," said the department's Civil Rights Division.

Division attorneys will coordinate federal activities and stay in contact with local election officials, the DOJ said in a written statement.

Only two weeks ago the DOJ and Bolivar County settled a lawsuit involving alleged violations of a federal voting law. The court order, signed by a federal judge in Oxford, establishes procedures for the county to follow with regard to provisional ballots, known in Mississippi as affidavit ballots.

The Justice Department alleged Bolivar County had failed to provide a system which allowed voters to determine if their provisional ballots were counted. The rural county in the state's Delta region is about two-thirds black.

Jefferson Davis County, in rural south central Mississippi, is 40 percent white, 60 percent black.

Madison County, which includes Canton in central Mississippi, is 60 percent white and 40 percent black.

- CNN Justice Producer Terry Frieden

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Rohit

    Lets hope Billary doesnt sue the Justice department itself to try and disenfranchise the minority voters because polls show black voters are favoring Obama.

    March 10, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  2. Darryl

    God bless the DOJ personnel while they march on this journey for the truth. Now Hillary keep your hand clean. Congrats to Mississippi for Obama.

    March 10, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  3. Grif

    Who really care's. USA is about to be SOLD. Lock, Stock, and


    March 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. Buffalo Bill

    Osama better to make sure his people bring their fake Mississippi IDs and not speak with their Yankee accents.

    GOBAMA and take your finally proud to be an American wife with you!

    March 10, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    great! the clintons have been acting so much like republicans lately that it wouldn't surprise me if they tried to pull something.

    March 10, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. Vig

    Why is Hillary even botheing to campaign in Mississippi? Blacks will vote for Obama – it's that simple.

    March 10, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Casey, Atlanta

    Mississippi burning! Hate, division, pain, and a county 60% black named after the first (only) President of the Confederate States of America- Jefferson Davis! How do you claim race isn't a factor?

    March 10, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Sandra

    Make darned sure the Clinton Administration doesn't cheat! We already know about the irregularities in the New York primaries.

    March 10, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  9. Chiman

    This would make difficult for Nobama and his cult to play dirty tricks. huh?

    March 10, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. Chris, Middletown, CT

    oh know....the battle cry of the Democrats "they are stealing our votes" – there are "disenfranchised voters" – omg.....if you guys aren't playing the gender are playing the victim.....maybe its time to knock that off....

    March 10, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  11. John

    Good that Justice is protectingvoter rights in those two counties but where else should they be in Mississippi? The Clintonians are getting very desperate.....keep a mindful eye on the ballot boxes!

    March 10, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. New York expat in Santo Domingo

    Let every vote count, wherever it is cast. We're a Democracy, right? I hope Hillary and Obama show respect for the process.

    March 10, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  13. independent


    March 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  14. Sarah Smith

    Oh YO!

    I grew up in Mississippi.. (I jumped off the Talahajje bridge!)

    don't let the Clinton scumbags WARP the VOTE!

    now? would THEY ???



    oh my!!! bless me!




    He preys on 20 yr old interns

    and SHE ???

    preys on GLORY & POWER!!! and ignoramuses!

    March 10, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Illinois

    This ought to be interesting to watch....

    March 10, 2008 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  16. Brian

    glad to see the DOJ doing something useful for a change. Too bad they are too chicken to investigate anyone affiliated with the White House.

    March 10, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  17. Bob Stephens

    The US justice department is going to monitor an election. That should make everyone relax...... Cheez........

    March 10, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  18. Val in PA

    Sounds like a good idea, I hope the DOJ, Civil Rights Division is also on hand to oversee the "new" illegal primaries in Florida and Michigan.

    Anyone notice Charlie Crist hanging out with McSame. He's so concerned about the democrats in his state being disenfranchised, that he went on a field trip with his future running mate. Meanwhile, Hillary is already here in PA trying to sway the vote. I guess Mississippi isn't big enough for her. Obama actually went home for a couple of days for a little R&R. He looks really fresh today, stomping around Misssissippi.

    March 10, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. ross

    Good! Let's have a fair election.

    March 10, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. Arthur-Texas

    Hillary will win her share of delegates in Mississippi.She will do well enoug considering the demographics of the democratic party there.

    March 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  21. vera t

    guess they are afraid Obama supporters will try the same tricks they tried in texas ie; locking the doors, taking caucus packets lifting voter roles, filling out caucus ballots before time????

    March 10, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  22. Brenda Davis

    I am fed up with the news media projecting in the nations minds who should be the Democratic nominee. It is ridiculous to watch the news favor Hillary Clinton. The Clintons have had their opportunity to run the White House, and frankly I dont want them back running the White House. Obama deserves a fair chance and the news media should give him that. America knows he is the better choice, if he was a white male, the news would be focusing on him. Once again, the news media reminds us of the racial prejudice that exists in America. Hillary even knows he is the better choice which is why she at to bounce to negative campaigning to win 3 states last week.

    Give Obama a fair opportunity to make a difference in this country and stop trying to portray the country as wanting Hillary for President.

    We do not want her!!!! After all , she will not be running the White House Bill Clinton will!!!

    March 10, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  23. California Voter

    I find it interesting that not only does one of Obama's top advisors talk trash about Senator Clinton, but so do many of Obama's supporters on these blogs. For someone who wants to represent a change in politics, many of his supporters sound like the same old politics.

    March 10, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  24. Val in PA

    I don't understand what the problem is with blacks voting for Obama. They have been voting for old white men for all of our history. When whites start apologizing for voting for whites, that's when blacks should start apologizing for voting for blacks. That also goes for those who choose to vote for Hillary simply because she a woman. The times they are a changing "my friend", I stole that phrase from McSame. lol

    March 10, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. Black Man in Dixie

    Vote your conscience, not your skin color!!!

    Voting for Obama just because he is black, is a slap in the face of MLK and the Civil Rights movement.

    March 10, 2008 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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