- Associated Press - Thursday, July 10, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Republican Party chairman Joe Nosef says the GOP will defend itself from what he calls a “frivolous” lawsuit filed over access to local voting records.

Nosef says the state party does not possess or control the records sought by 22 Mississippi residents and a Texas-based group, True the Vote.

In a federal lawsuit filed in Jackson, the plaintiffs request a court order to block the destruction or redaction of any voting records.

The plaintiffs say federal law requires authorities to release voting rolls and poll books without erasing voters’ personal information. They also say the law doesn’t allow fees for redaction, saying at least one county wanted to charge $1,400.

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

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