Justice Department Settles Claims Under the Help America Vote Act With Bolivar County, Mississippi

Feb 15, 2008, 00:00 ET from U.S. Department of Justice

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Justice Department
 announced today that it filed a lawsuit against Bolivar County, Miss.,
 alleging violations of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The lawsuit was
 filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi,
 in Oxford. The Department simultaneously filed a consent decree resolving
 the lawsuit against the county.
     The government's complaint contends that Bolivar County has failed to
 comply with an important HAVA requirement governing federal elections: that
 jurisdictions establish a free access system that allows an individual
 voter who casts a provisional ballot to discover whether his or her ballot
 was counted, and, if the ballot was not counted, the reason the ballot was
 rejected. The requirement regarding provisional ballots went into effect on
 Jan. 1, 2004.
     "By quickly agreeing to implement an effective remedial plan, Bolivar
 County officials have demonstrated a genuine commitment to addressing past
 problems with their compliance with this important requirement of the Help
 America Vote Act," said Grace Chung Becker, Acting Assistant Attorney
 General for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. This suit
 continues an extensive effort by the Civil Rights Division to ensure full
 implementation of HAVA.
     This is the eleventh claim brought by the Civil Rights Division under
 HAVA since HAVA's requirements went into effect four years ago. More
 information about the federal voting laws enforced by the Department is
 available on the Justice Department website at

SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice