STATE DEMOCRATS REQUEST FEDERAL ELECTION OBSERVERS FOR HATTIESBURG MAYORAL ELECTION

JACKSON–At the request of Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree’s campaign, the Mississippi Democratic Party has sent an official request to U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, for the Department of Justice to observe the conduct of Hattiesburg’s September 24th special election.

Rickey Cole, Chairman of the Mississippi Democratic Party wrote:

“We are concerned that some of the controversy surrounding this election has taken on a racial tone. As residents of a state covered by the Voting Rights Act, we find that tone troubling. We have made much progress in our state, but we cannot allow discriminatory practices to return to the conduct of elections.

All we seek is a fair and honest election on September 24. We strongly urge you to send federal observers to Mississippi to make sure that happens.”

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