But a lawsuit filed Tuesday by True the Vote, the Tea Party nonprofit at the center of the IRS targeting scandal, could force the facts about voting in the run-off out into the open.
True the Vote claims in its suit that the Mississippi secretary of state and the state’s GOP “failed to properly abide by federal election record maintenance and open records provisions codified in the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
“Records made partially available to the plaintiffs indicated ‘double-voting’ from Democratic to Republican primaries — potentially diluting votes in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.”
“All we are asking is that the Mississippi State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated country representatives to inspect the poll books and ballots, give them the review time they are permitted by law and allow them to uphold their responsibility, True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement announcing the lawsuit.
“True the Vote has been inundated with reports from voters across Mississippi who are outraged to see the integrity of this election being undermined so that politicos can get back to business as usual. Enough is enough,” she said.
On its face, that should be a reasonable request, but here’s the catch: Opening up the books as True the Vote seeks could expose unpleasantries about Mississippi vote-counting practices that neither Democratic nor Republican Party leaders want the public to see.
That’s why this fight is only just beginning and it’s virtually guaranteed to get much uglier before it’s resolved.