Plaintiffs: Election lawsuit not about 'personality, party, or politics'

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Thirteen Mississippians and a Texas group called "True the Vote" are suing over access to poll books from the Republican primary runoff.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the Mississippi Republican Party. It seeks to compel Hosemann and the GOP to release poll books without redacting voters' birthdates.

Plaintiffs say they want to examine poll books for people marked as voting in both the June 3rd Democratic primary and the June 24th Republican runoff.

"All we are asking is that the MS State Republican Party follow the law; allow their designated county 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 to MS voters," True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht said.

"This isn't about personality, party, or politics. Senators come and go," Engelbrecht continued. "What must withstand the test of time is the integrity of the process by which we elect our representatives and establish our government. No candidate or party should ever be allowed to twist election laws or subvert voters' rights in the interest of political ambition."

The group is asking the court to immediately order that the election records be shared in order to inspect for illegal votes before the runoff vote is certified.

Secretary of State Hosemann said his office does not possess poll books, or have authority to publicly release them.

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