True the Vote Alleges Pro-Cochran Officials Destroying Mississippi Election Evidence, Files Restraining Order
National conservative election integrity organization True The Vote has asked a federal judge to issue a restraining order against the Mississippi Republican Party, alleging that the state GOP may be engaged in the destruction of evidence of alleged voter fraud from the June 24 GOP primary runoff.
“Defendant county commissioners have continued to violate federal law by preventing access to election records. Now, we think we know why,” True The Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht said in a statement. “If the affidavits we now have regarding the destruction of election documents and other similarly stunning findings are true, then no Mississippian, no American, can trust the results of this election.”
In a release True The Vote sent to press Wednesday evening, Engelbrecht’s organization said it possessed dozens of signed affidavits “containing stunning evidence of election subversion,” including the “destruction of voters’ absentee ballot applications and mandatory envelopes” and “illegal alteration of poll books.” The release also says the affidavits will walk through how supporters of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) have helped destroy evidence related to “cross-over and double voting” and “absentee ballots marked ‘accepted’ but unopened,” among other forms of alleged voter fraud.
“Based on all we have seen—and all we have not been allowed to see—we now believe that unless the Court steps in, illegal voting will go unchallenged, voters’ rights will be diluted, voters’ trust will be violated—and an unlawful and inaccurate election may be certified by the State of Mississippi,” Engelbrecht said.
True The Vote’s motion was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi in Jackson. The organization published the motion online. Breitbart News has reached out to True The Vote for more information on the contents of the affidavits.
Mississippi GOP chairman Joe Nosef responded to the allegations by attacking True The Vote's reputation in an emailed statement to Breitbart News.
“My initial reaction is I thought it was a headline from The Onion,” Nosef said in an email. “Now I see how this group has earned their awful reputation.”