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Judge Wingate recuses himself from True the Vote lawsuit

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

U. S. District Judge Henry Wingate, of the Southern District of Mississippi, has recused himself from hearing a lawsuit filed by True the Vote seeking voter records from several Mississippi Counties.

The Texas organization claims they have been denied access to the records or have been charged expensive fees for redacted copies.

The plaintiffs say federal law requires authorities to release voting rolls and poll books in the race between Chris McDaniel and Thad Cochran without erasing voters' personal information.

Mississippi authorities say it's proper to remove birth dates and make requesters pay for removal.

In recusing himself, Wingate says his close friendship with Cochran as reason for the recusal, adding that Senator Cochran recommended him to President Reagan who nominated him for the federal bench.

The Chief Judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Carl Stewart, will now oversee the case.

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