March 10th, 2008
06:00 PM ET
15 years ago

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. Mike

    (Please print this for Mrs. Clintons Supporters)

    PLEASE keep an eye out for Senator Clinton's best interest!

    Don't let the South pull the race card; this race is too close.

    Obama can't be trusted (and everyone tries to slam Hillary), PLEASE!!

    Go Hillary!

    What next, if Hillary wins, they will want a "re-do..."

    March 10, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. Clare

    Good for them. they only need to read these posts to know that the obama followers will try anything.

    March 10, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. Philip, NY

    What about 80 NY districts of fraud in vote counting?

    Why don't they?

    March 10, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. Cody AR

    just as bill said they would be an unstoppable force against anybody

    March 10, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. joseph

    It's better they use FBI too to monitor the Mississippi primary cos no matter what comes out of the primary,the clintons must still cry foul.I wonder if they did like that in New York primaries or maybe because it's not 60percent black.

    March 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  6. Rob

    What is the deal with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama??? They have got to be the 3 most corrupt states in the country. Its 2008 and they are still trying to run elections like a South Asian dictatorship. I don't think these 3 states have ever gone 8 years straight without voter intimidation, ballot altering, or political scandal.

    March 10, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. Conan

    Voting irregularities? How can that be with no evil election stealing Republican running? Ohhh how quickly we forget.........

    March 10, 2008 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Peter

    The Justice Department should have monitored some of those urban precincts that reported so late for Obama in Missouri.

    March 10, 2008 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  9. Kel

    Good – just to keep everything clean. There have been complaints by voters of intimidation tactics, especially during the caucuses by the Obama kids who are very active in this campaign. Rather have the big guns in to make sure both sides are fair.

    March 10, 2008 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  10. B. Smart

    . . . .Make sure that Bill doesn't come dressed up pretending to be Elvis.

    OBAMA 08.

    March 10, 2008 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Oh god'sh so Hillary was planning to do a little bit of dirty trick like she did in Nevada? Thanks to the DOJ

    March 10, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  12. TEXAN

    Hillary is concern about the American citizens. Obama is not. He would be a bad president. African Americans need to look at the issues and not the race. It's bad when a person vote for another person base on race. I am a black college student and I will vote for McCain if Obama wins.

    March 10, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. Jay

    WOW..Obama Cult Members are so far out there its scary. everyone is out to get them.

    March 10, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  14. Lee

    Sarah Smith – Are you old enough to vote? If so thats scary.

    March 10, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  15. The witchdoc

    'Buffalo Bill'

    SHUT your mouth you 'Buffalo Bill Brained' dummy.

    Get your uneducated fat body back into your rural trailer and prepare the rope to hang yourself when Barack is sworn in Jan 09.

    March 10, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  16. jujub

    Yep...we've got to watch the Clintonistas...afterall, not one black person voted for Barack Obama in Harlem. Imagine!

    March 10, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  17. Bill, Covington,LA

    From my vantage point it appears the federal government has been dispatched to Missippi to guarentee a win for the obama in that state. Should be a very interesting case to see their doccumentation as to how they talley the vote. With a DOJ under the watchful eye of leaky Lehey how can you loose.

    March 10, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  18. NickNasc

    After finding all of those FAKE Ballots for Hillary in the Texas Caucas' I think it is just FINE.

    By the way WHY WAS THAT STORY BURIED!????

    March 10, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  19. vl

    CNN... don't bother to post this, but I thought you weren't supposed to use inapporpriate "words", ie: slurs.

    LOOK AT Sarah Smith March 10th, 2008 8:38 pm ET

    I find it VERY offensive and inappropriate

    March 10, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  20. Elizabeth

    Yet, again, CNN allows people to publish racist/sexist/xenophobic comments while keeping mature comments behind in the land of moderation.

    CNN= TMZ

    March 10, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  21. kwame

    Good, so the Obama hooligans don't mess with the votes like they did in caucus states

    March 10, 2008 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. Anne

    Anyone participating in this race knows that the Obama "organizers" are the most likely to resort to dirty tricks.

    March 10, 2008 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  23. Chappy

    It's about time, but will they cover the General Election. I hear that
    Carl Rove is interested in leading the pack.

    March 10, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  24. gregg 45

    wow.. like hillary can win the slave state of ole miss,,,, set me free obama,, and pay all my bills,,, oh . i already have that.. welfare,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    March 10, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  25. TerryD

    Why is Hillary even botheing to campaign in Mississippi? Blacks will vote for Obama ?

    Because Hillary R. Clinton will be the next president of America and she will be the president of all the people including the blacks that will not vote for her.... SHE IS LOYAL!

    March 10, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
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