True The Vote, the Texas-based conservative activist group, has dropped its suit that sought to obtain the birth dates of voters in the June 24 GOP runoff, the Secretary of State's Office said today.
The U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Atlas in Jackson agreed to dismiss the suit against Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and a host of others, including several election commissions and the state Republican Party.
Each side will pay its own attorneys' fees, the judge said, with the exception of the Republican Party, which wants True the Vote to pay its costs. the judge she will rule on that matter later.
“The Attorney General has been informed the federal decision protecting the privacy of Mississippi voters’ birth dates will not be appealed. Furthermore, True the Vote has requested to withdraw the lawsuit in its entirety and stated they will never litigate this issue again in Mississippi. ," Hosemann said in a press release. "The attempt to acquire voters’ birth dates from the Circuit Clerks and the Secretary of State was unwise, expensive, and unnecessary for any election contest. Our position has now been upheld by the Supreme Court of Mississippi and the Federal District Court."