Remember when the Democrats were whining about voter disenfranchisement? Well, I ran across a story about a real episode where voting rights were violated:
JACKSON, Miss. – A federal judge has ruled that a majority black county in eastern Mississippi violated whites' voting rights in what prosecutors said was the first lawsuit to use the Voting Rights Act on behalf of whites.
U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee ruled late Friday that Noxubee County Democratic Party leader Ike Brown and the county Democratic Executive Committee “manipulated the political process in ways intended and designed to impair and impede participation of white voters and to dilute their votes.”
Racism and voter disenfranchisement. When will we hear loud denunciations of this from the likes of the "Reverend" Jesse Jackson?
Hat tip: Wizbang.
Update and bump: John Fund, over at OpinionJournal.com, has a lot to say about this story, and includes a lot more details.
Among the abuses catalogued by Judge Tom Lee were the paying of notaries public to visit voters and illegally mark their absentee ballots, manipulation of the registration rolls, importation of illegal candidates to run for county office, and publication of a list of voters, classified by race, who might have their ballots challenged. The judge criticized state political officials for being "remiss" in addressing the abuses. The U.S. Justice Department, which sued Noxubee officials under the Voting Rights Act, has called conditions there "the most extreme case of racial exclusion seen by the [department's] Voting Section in decades."Read the whole thing. Really.