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Voter integrity group 'True the Vote' files lawsuit against the Mississippi GOP

Thad Cochran supporters celebrate after he won the Mississippi run-off election
Thad Cochran supporters celebrate after he won the Mississippi run-off election
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True the Vote, a "non-partisan voters’ rights and election integrity organization," has "filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the Republican Party of Mississippi" along with thirteen other plaintiffs, as reported Tuesday by James Simpson at WND.

In the wake of the Mississippi run-off election, establishment Republicans have been accused of deliberately targeting black Democrats in an effort to secure a win for incumbent Thad Cochran over his challenger, Chris McDaniel. The bad behavior just may be criminal, if the allegations are true.

In order to convince Democrats to vote for Cochran, McDaniel was falsely slandered as a racist who was trying to suppress the votes of black Americans and take away food stamps and other government services. The insulting campaign was an embarrassment to the party that was founded to empower black voters.

The "outreach" activities allegedly included robocalls, offensive flyers, at least one radio advertisement and even a cash-for-voting scheme.

The lawsuit, however, charges the Secretary of State of Mississippi Delbert Hosemann and the Republican party of Mississippi with "failure to maintain records and papers of a federal election in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1974 and to enforce Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993."

"In addition," the lawsuit continues, "the Individual Plaintiffs bring claims for vote dilution in violation of the Equal Protection Clause, and Equal Protection claims for Mississippi’s failure to employ uniform election practices."

Simpson writes that True the Vote seeks "immediate access to voting records to inspect for possible illegal voting." True the Vote previously published findings of "unusual voting pattern data" in the run-off election. The report reveals that the data "show a handful of precincts with voting patterns well outside the county norm..."

There is no doubt that black Democrats were pivotal in Thad Cochran's victory on June 24. The Congressional Black Caucus and Mississippi NAACP president Derrick Johnson have loudly made it clear that it is "payback time."

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