A federal consent decree has been entered into by the Walthall County Election Commission to purge its voter rolls of deceased individuals, felons and duplicate registration after it was determined that the county has more voters on its rolls than the voting age population. Earlier this year, the non-profit Washington-based organization American Civil Rights Union filed a lawsuit against the county for failure to maintain its voter rolls under the National Voting Rights Act. Last week, U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett signed the consent decree between the county and ACRU.
The lawsuit says voter rolls maintained by the county contained more voters registered to vote than citizens eligible to vote. In 2012, after federal elections, Walthall County had 14,108 registered voters, but the 2010 U.S Census showed a voting age population of 11,368.
“More than 124 percent of living citizens old enough to vote were registered in Walthall County,” ACRU said.