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“This case should have been called United States v. Walthall County instead of ACRU v. Walthall County,” said J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department Voting Section attorney who along with former Voting Section chief Christopher Coates and former Justice attorney Henry Ross filed the lawsuits. “We're doing the job that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. won't do. In fact, he's too busy suing Texas for its new photo ID law and abusing power in other ways to harass states that are trying to ensure election integrity."

Indeed, Mr. Holder has snorted loudly at Texas, suing the Lone Star State on August 22 over its new photo voter ID law. He effectively ignored the Supreme Court’s June ruling that struck down key sections of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The law required Southern states, plus other jurisdictions around the nation, to submit voting law or redistricting changes for review by the Justice Department or a three-judge, D.C.-based federal panel.

The Court majority said the nation has changed since 1965, when Jim Crow laws in mostly Southern states prevented black Americans from voting. But Mr. Holder is locked in a time warp.

It will be interesting to see how he reacts to the election integrity agreement in Mississippi. The consent decree has constructive elements that could be a model for the rest of the nation.

Approved under Judge Keith Starrett of the Southern District of Mississippi, the decree requires Walthall County to do a mailing and check its voter registration against lists from state and federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security’s Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database.

Among other things, this should help weed out illegal aliens.

That alone should give the Justice Department dragon something big to puff on.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.