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True the Vote v. Mississippi

True the Vote v. Mississippi

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Conservative group True the Vote filed a lawsuit claiming Democrats who voted for Thad Cochran in a June 24 Republican runoff broke the law because they had also voted in a Democratic primary.
Conservative group True the Vote filed a lawsuit claiming Democrats who voted for Thad Cochran in a June 24 Republican runoff broke the law because they had also voted in a Democratic primary.

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Published by: United Press International on Jul 02, 2014
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPIOXFORD DIVISION
T
RUE THE
V
OTE
,D
ONNA
 K 
 NEZEVICH
,J
OSEPH
 NEZEVICH
,
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LAINE
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 N
ICHOLSON
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ANE
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ULIE
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AUL
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,S
YBIL
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RIBBLE
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ENNIFER 
H
IGDON AND
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AVID
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§§§§§§§Plaintiffs, §§v. § Cause No.§T
HE
H
ONORABLE
D
ELBERT
H
OSEMANN
, inhis official capacity as Secretary of State for the State of Mississippi, T
HE
EPUBLICAN
P
ARTY OF
M
ISSISSIPPI
§§§§§§Defendants. §
COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
TO THE HONRABLE DISTRCIT COURT JUDGE:1. NOW COMES True the Vote, Donna Knezevich, Joseph Knezevich, ElaineVechorik, Roy Nicholson, Jane Coln, Doris Lee, Mark Patrick, Julie Patrick, Paul Patrick, SybilTribble, Chad Higdon, Jennifer Higdon and David Philley complaining of Mississippi Secretaryof State, Delbert Hosemann and The Republican Party of Mississippi for failure to maintainrecords and papers of a federal election in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1974 and to enforce Section 8of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“NVRA”), 42 U.S.C. §1973gg-6. In addition,the Individual Plaintiffs bring claims for vote dilution in violation of the Equal ProtectionClause, and Equal Protection claims for Mississippi’s failure to employ uniform election practices.
3:14cv144-MPM-SAA 
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I.JURISDICTION AND VENUE
2. This Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331, 1345,and 2201, and 42. U.S.C. § 1973gg-9(b)(3).3. Venue is proper in this Court pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 104 and 1391.
II.PARTIES
4. Plaintiff, True the Vote, is a 501(c)(3) organization existing under the laws of theState of Texas, with its principal office in Houston, Texas. It is the nation’s largest nonpartisanvoters’ rights and election integrity organization. An integral part of its public interest mission isto inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of America’s electoral process by providing training, technology, and support to citizens so that they can ensure election integrityin their own communities. As part of its activities, True the Vote trains volunteers to monitolocal, state and federal elections for compliance with applicable law. As relevant to this case,True the Vote (through its volunteers) culls through voter rolls in order to identify potentialelection irregularities. After learning of reports of irregularities in Mississippi’s June 2014Republican Primary Run-Off Election, True the Vote requested access to Mississippi’s voter rolls. The purpose of its request was to investigate claims that voters illegally double-voted in both the democratic and republican primary races. True the Vote was denied access to therequested materials.5. Donna Knezevich is a registered Mississippi voter who voted in the 2014Republican Primary Election and Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Ms. Knezevich votedin Pearl River County.
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36. Joseph Knezevich is a registered Mississippi voter who voted in the 2014Republican Primary Election and Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Mr. Knezevich votedin Pearl River County.7. Elaine Vechorik is a registered Mississippi voter who voted in the 2014Republican Primary Election and Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Ms. Vechorik voted inOktibbeha County.8. Roy Nicholson is a registered Mississippi voter who voted in the 2014 RepublicanPrimary Election and Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Mr. Nicholson voted in LincolnCounty.9. Jane Coln is a registered Mississippi voter who voted in the 2014 RepublicanPrimary Election and Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Ms. Coln voted in DeSoto County.10. Doris Lee is a registered Mississippi voter who voted in the 2014 RepublicanPrimary Election and Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Ms. Lee voted in Marshall County.11. Mark Patrick is a registered Mississippi voter who voted in the 2014 RepublicanPrimary Election and Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Mr. Patrick voted in MarshallCounty.12. Julie Patrick is a registered Mississippi voter who voted in the 2014 RepublicanPrimary Election and Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Mr. Patrick voted in MarshallCounty.13. Paul Andrew Patrick is a registered Mississippi voter who voted in the 2014Republican Primary Election and Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Mr. Patrick voted inMarshall County.
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