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Mississippi Democrats Accused Of Racial Bias

JACKSON, MISS. (CN) - The Wilkinson County Democratic Executive Committee and Gov. Haley Barbour continued a long, ignoble history civil rights violations by rejecting more than 500 citizens' "absentee, curbside and affidavit ballots cast primarily by African-American voters without examining a single ballot," in the August 2007 Democratic primaries, according to a federal class-action complaint.

The complaint addresses the extremely close Aug. 7, 2007 Democratic primaries. The sheriff's race was decided by 222 votes, the District 2 supervisor race by 28 votes, and the circuit clerk race by 66 votes. Plaintiffs claim the Wilkinson County Democratic Executive Committee "rejected all 500 plus absentee, curbside and affidavit ballots cast primarily by African-American voters without examining a single ballot."

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