Sid Salter: Noxubee voter case back again

STARKVILLE – Noxubee County election officials are the target of a federal lawsuit claiming that the county’s failure to purge its voter rolls has inflated the number of registered voters to over 1,000 more people than the county’s actual voting-age population.

The Public Interest Legal Foundation, led by former Justice Department official Christian Adams, filed the complaint against the county alleging that: “According to data housed in the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office in March 2015, Noxubee County had 9,271 registered voters, despite having a living voting age population of 8,245 according to the U.S. Census. Thus, more than 110 percent of living citizens old enough to vote are registered to vote in Noxubee County in 2015.”

Adams led U.S. Justice Department litigation against Noxubee County in the past. Some six years ago, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans agreed with U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee of Forest that Noxubee County Democratic Party Chairman Ike Brown systematically violated white voters’ rights.