Poll book lawsuit withdrawn, could be refiled

ASSOCIATED PRESSJuly 8, 2014 

JACKSON -- A voters' rights group seeking the release of voter-registration data is dropping its lawsuit in Mississippi's northern federal court district in order to refile it in the southern district.

Texas-based True the Vote, along with 13 Mississippi residents who are also plaintiffs in the lawsuit, moved to withdraw the lawsuit Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills, in an order filed Monday, wrote parties to the case are mostly in the Jackson area.

"It appears that the decision to file suit in Oxford may have been based upon political calculations, the exact nature of which are unclear to this court," he wrote.

The lawsuit seeks to compel Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the state GOP to release poll books without removing any information.

The plaintiffs have said they want a federal court order giving them access to the records.

The plaintiffs are looking for people marked as voting in the June 3 Democratic primary and the June 24 GOP runoff.

Mills wrote crossover voting, though it may violate state law, doesn't appear to break federal law. He also questioned whether the plaintiffs were suing the right people for voting records, indicating they may need to sue counties, not the state or the state Republican Party.

Hosemann reiterated Tuesday his desire to be dismissed or excluded from any lawsuit.

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