Jefferson Davis County in southwest Mississippi has the distinction of being named after Confederate States of America President Jefferson Davis.
That’s good or bad, depending on whether you regard what occurred between 1861 and 1865 as the Civil War or as the War Between the States.
Jefferson Davis County may soon have another distinction as the place where a serious national legal effort to push back against vote fraud was launched. On April 26, three former U.S. Justice Department attorneys filed lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi seeking an order to compel election officials in Jefferson Davis County as well as in nearby Walthall County to clean up their voter rolls.
Like hundreds of counties around the nation, these two have more active registered voters than there are age-eligible residents, a perfect recipe for making sure the dead or otherwise departed get a chance to vote again and again.
Citing 2010 U.S. Census data and state voter registration records, the lawsuit states that Jefferson Davis County has 10,078 active voters but only 9,536 age-eligible citizens. “More than 105 percent of living citizens old enough to vote were registered to vote in Jefferson Davis County in 2013,” the lawsuit says.
Walthall County has 14,108 registered voters but only 11,368 age-eligible citizens, which means that 124 percent of Walthall’s eligible voters are registered. Not a good set of numbers if you’re concerned about vote fraud.
On behalf of the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) and its supporters in Mississippi, the lawsuits, filed by attorneys J. Christian Adams, Christopher Coates and Henry Ross, also ask the court to order election officials to provide records and data for public inspection as required by Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), better known as the Motor Voter Law.
The lawsuits are part of the ACRU’s Election Integrity Defense Project, among whose architects are former U.S. Attorney General under Ronald Reagan Edwin Meese III and former Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell.